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The Autumn Journal is now available in Kindle and Print. It’s a bumper edition, which I hope you enjoy

Welcome to this week’s Haiku Pea Podcast. I’m Patricia, your host and I’m very excited about this episode, but before I go on, thanks very much for all the emails regarding episode 22, it’s content and the little changes that I made to my normal routine. Much appreciated, but as I always say, if there’s something I could be doing better, I’m open for emails about that too.

I’ve got a variety of bits and bobs for you this week as well as a little bit of work for you to do.

Let’s start with changes. Now I did allude to this before but I’ve made some changes to the submission dates. From December the first this year submissions will only be open for the relevant topic from the 1st to the 20th of each month. I’m normally very quick with replies, but from this December onwards you may have to wait a little while because of another of the changes I would like to make. I want to involve more people in the editing process. The lovely members of our community who have done it already have said that they learn so much from doing it that I would like to offer more of you the opportunity to get involved. So my idea is that I will collate the successful submissions, share my choices with a small group of editors and then we will get together on Zoom to discuss which will be in the podcast and which will be in the Journal.

Returning to the Journal, there is another change I would like to make. I love the journal, I think it’s terrific to read our work in print, but it has proved to be very time consuming, and the editing actually causes me pain, so from 2021 the journal will move online and be monthly to coincide with the Podcast. Don’t worry the Autumn and Winter Journals for this year 2020 will still be in print.

If you are interested then I will put together an anthology of our work on a special topic in a printed form in November next year, but I really need to know if you would like that so please email me.

And last but not least, I thought you might like to know that this year I made some nominations for the Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone awards. A first for Poetry Pea and I hope a sign that we’re growing up and that our work together is really blossoming. A big thanks to all of you.

What else do I have in store for you today?

Well I am so thrilled to have Roger Watson come along and talk to us about Humour in haiku. That is a topic for next year, submission period 1st – 20 Jan. So I’ll put that chat on youtube on the poetrypea channel so you can see it and read it whenever you want. I enjoyed it immensely, I hope you do too.

I’ve held the renku over for another month but I still have some lovely haiku for you, this time something festive. I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, but perhaps, as I say every year you can celebrate what is my favourite holiday season with me in a spirit of love and affection for the world.

Do you remember Jennifer Hambrick came along to read us some haibun? She will be back next year with a little workshop for us. Well, I have another haibun for you this time from Michael Baribeau and me.

Then, before we get to an another treat, a reading from Brad Bennett from his book a turn in the river I have a little bit of work for you.

First up let’s have a presentation from Roger Watson:

I’d like to welcome Roger Watson to the podcast. Regular listeners to the podcast will know Roger as he not only submits regularly, but he has done some readings for us in the past. You will also certainly have seen his work in prestigious haiku journals such as Blithe Spirit; Failed Haiku; Presence; Prune Juice; The Mainichi; Under the Basho; and the Wales Haiku Journal. You may also have his book Dewdrops, which he wrote with Su Wai Hlaing , in your collection.

Roger has very kindly agreed to come along and talk to us about humour, which is a topic for next year. When I thought about the humour topic my mind immediately went to Roger. Whilst his haiku are not always humorous there are often touches of humour in his work. Let me give you an example which he submitted to the podcast:

twelfth night
the street festooned
with Christmas trees

For me there is a dry humour in this as well as a certain sadness. A play on the word festooned. We normally think of a Christmas tree being festooned with baubles and trinkets and lights but here we see our street littered or as Roger put it festooned with dying, dry and almost needleless Christmas trees.

You can see the haiku that Roger read to us on the poetry pea YouTube channel.


As I said at the beginning. This time instead of reading the renku, which is coming along nicely thank you. I’ll read you some haiku that I found which might bring us a bit of festive cheer. I hope you enjoy them

From haiku dialogue at the haiku foundation:

winter wonderland
the raucous aroma
of reindeer sausage

Mark Gilbert

missing on Christmas
dad’s favourite muffler
wrapped round the snowman

Vandana Parashar

From haiku universe:

Christmas —
the stars we took
for granted

Eva Limbach


Not long after Jennifer Hambrick read us some of her haibun in episode 19 of this series, Michael Baribeau sent me an email. As some of you know, sometimes I reply to emails with a haiku and this email was just such a reply. It struck me that with a little bit of work, we had a haibun on our hands and so Michael did a little bit of work and here is our joint effort. He wrote the prose, which is infinitely better than my haiku. Thanks Michael.

We got the day off from work for our first wedding anniversary.  I took her on a scenic autumn color tour to a small town I know and hoped she’d like.  Stopping along the way at a flea market shop selling pumpkins out front for a 10th of what they cost near home, we bought some for our front porch.  We celebrated lunch in a wonderful café situated in an old timey bank with walls of ruff hewn brick  and a large storefront window lighting the room. The vault was open and filled with pastries, too scrumptious to ignore. After lunch a stroll through town to where an old rusty train trestle crossed a shallow river filled with smooth stones and lined with tall trees in fall colors. I took off my socks and shoes, rolled up my pant legs, wadded through water striders out to a sandbar, and waved, while she took my picture.  

revisiting the familiar
with a dusting
of bliss

Michael Baribeau – Prose

Bisshie – Verse


Now a little piece of homework for you; as they say in Mission Impossible; your mission, should you choose to accept it is to analyse this verse by Kelly Sauvage Angel.

“between two moons our first person plural”

Kelly Sauvage Angel –  Sonic Boom 16

Send me an email and tell me what you understand it to mean, something about the technique, and whether you regard it as haiku. Let’s keep it positive… Results in January.


Last but not least a reading by Brad Bennett from his book: a turn in the river. If you like what you’ve heard then please contact Brad at and ask for details about how to purchase his book.

Thanks so much for reading to us Brad.

If you would like to read your work to us, it’s really easy to do, just drop me an email and we can talk about it.

So my dears, that’s it for this week.

Spring and Autumn Kigo should be submitted until the 20th December
Humorous haiku and senryu from 1st – 20th Jan

Remember the podcast will also be on YouTube as will Roger’s talk. You can see his slides too.

Please comment on the youtube channel, it’s another way we can talk to one another about haiku.

Join me on the 21st of December for our next podcast when I’ll be reading your haiku and senryu without verbs. Thanks to Robert Horrobin, who has been a great help as the editor for no verb submissions. I’m already looking forward to it, but util then, keep writing

There’s a lot in the show notes this time. If I’ve left anything out or something’s not clear, please do email me to let me know.


Topics for 2021 so far:

Topic Submission period Comments
Spring / Autumn Kgo 1-20 December 2020 Don’t use the words Spring or Autumn
Humourous haiku and senryu 1-20 January 2021
Perspective 1 -20 February 2021
Series 3 Episode 23: Humour

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