|Copyright 2011 Kirsten Cliff|
haiku and image
even the lavender
By Kirsten Cliff © 2008
Presence is a haiku magazine, specialising in publishing high quality haiku, senryu, tanka, renku and related poetry. It appears 3 times per year. Each issue is typically 52–60 A5 pages, and contains original artwork, haibun (haiku prose), articles on haiku practice, news of haiku events and book reviews in addition to the poetry. We welcome submissions from experienced and novice haiku writers alike.
|Presence #40 (January, 2010)|
Jung observed that dreams perform restorative, corrective, compensatory, prophetic, and developmental roles in our psyche; that to attend to our dreams is to attend to the cry of the soul.
We’re looking for guest bloggers for the Mslexia blog. Are you working on an interesting writing project or in a key role in publishing? Perhaps you’re researching your novel or finalising your first poetry collection; freelancing as a journalist or reading submissions at a literary agency?
We're opening out our blog to a limited number of women writers with something interesting to say about the writing process, the publishing industry, or their journey on the rocky road to publication.
If you'd like to apply for a three-month guest appearance on the Mslexia blog, send us a pitch of up to 100 words telling us what you'd write about, plus a link to your own blog (and/or a link to blogs you've appeared on) and your full contact details.
You’ll need a working knowledge of Wordpress and we’ll expect you to blog at least twice a month throughout your ‘residency’. It’s a great opportunity to raise your profile and have your say to an audience of likeminded writers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your pitch, putting 'Guest Blog' in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you.
|Photo by Cameron Elliot|
|My Art is My Heart|
|Peace is the way of my Heart|
BrainStorm is a highly invigorating one-day workshop specifically for writers looking for fresh ideas, or a creative boost. This stimulating workshop is designed by screen and media writer/tutor Kathryn Burnett, who uses a series of writing and brainstorming exercises to take participants from the blank page, through to a basic plan for their new writing project- no matter which medium they work in. Burnett also insists that this is not a theoretical “how to write” workshop, but rather one that activates participants to “start writing right now.”
|Taken at Papamoa Hills 1.1.11|
|One of my favourite photos of me with my fiance taken during |
my time in hospital, cicra May 2010, third cycle of chemo.
The key to the selection process for all works nominated by the editorial staff was that they should be considered to be "of exceptional skill." Those making the final cut had to receive approval of the editor-in-chief, as well as votes from five of the ten staff editors (50%). My PhD dissertation didn't receive this much scrutiny.
Also of note in the last four years are annual anthologies published by Red Moon Press, primarily edited by Jim Kacian, that aim to collect the very best haiku poems published each year. Though the selection process remains flawed and the editor includes too much of his own work, this annual publication is beginning to serve a very useful purpose in attempting to collect the best haiku in English each year.