This site is a dream which three of us, Narayanan Raghunathan, Amanda Cazalet and Shyam Santhanam had and here we open this site for your perusal and participation.

All three of us were writing Haiku and discussed them. We thought we needed a platform for us and other like-minded poets. { Note ~ Amanda has left this venture and is not active on the internet anymore }

We realized some haiku sites are performing the necessary task of being the technical guardians of haiku. For a rough example, 1000 haiku are submitted and the editor chooses ten or twenty. The power these guardians must be enjoying is fearsome! Surely their selection is not correct or perfect and cannot be, because of innumerable guiding factors and vast prejudices that determine such an arbitrary selection. But this is understandable and inevitable in any edited magazine/site.

So we recognized many more good haiku must be needing a space of presence and here in this site we provide that freely.

Here, dear author, you edit, take care, and post what you want to. They will be stored in your author archive too. If they are published elsewhere earlier, please give relevant details.

No towering Gurus of Haiku will tell you, “Where is the kigo/ kireji?", or “Why is there no juxtaposition?” or “This is imagist poetry, not Haiku!” etc. ad nauseam.

Honestly, as founders of this site, we do not know for sure any definition of Haiku that is perfectly satisfactory. It is unlikely anybody can really define it too.

It is too seamless a word now, to be bound by a definition.

One can see that we have sections for Senryu, Tanka, Sijo, Haiga, Haibun,Sedoka(!), Cinquain, General Short-Verse and we also have a Photo Haiku section where members may post photos and haiku on any photo submitted.

#(!) [Sedoka is a hopeful section. We don't think that there are many people actively writing sedoka. The pioneers may use our site to propagate their sedoka. ]

We have a section where the member may post linked short verse: ie.  Linked Haiku, Linked Tanka, Linked Senryu, Linked Sijo, Linked Cinquain Linked General short-verse etc.

We have a special section for "Elucidations and Appreciations" where one takes a haiku or another short poem of the various genres specified, special to oneself, old or new and elucidates its subtle nuances and hidden aesthetic flavours.

There is a section to post reviews of books relevant to the site. One may post a review on a classic book or a newer book.

Our Monthly Anthology Section will take off as the site grows visible wings!

For our "Featured Haijin" section, we are doing the preliminary work. By April 2006, we hope to introduce the first Haijin. If you have any special names to suggest for this column please do feel free to e-mail to Narayanan Raghunathan at


Our Kukai and Renga sites [ for parallel multiple member participation ] are getting organized.

If You want to contact us to offer suggestions, you are most welcome. This site lives by your presence and responses.

Contact Shyam Santhanam at santhanamss@gmail.com

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(1) No offensive, pornographic or injurious material.

(2) Proper acknowledgment of the works of others is expected and highly appreciated.

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very, very good site!
oleg Tue, Feb 12th 2008, 06:59  
it still is
rita b. fox Mon, Jan 16th 2012, 19:14  
Thank you Rita, we are honoured.
Shyam Santhanam Sun, Jan 22nd 2012, 16:59  
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