The Hailstone Haiku Circle is based in Kyoto, and operates mainly by way of its Wordpress blog, Icebox.
However, since 2001, Hailstone has also been publishing a semi-annual anthology of the best of contributions received.
The seventh anthology, Meltdown, came out at the end of last year. Meltdown features almost 500 haiku, arranged by theme, as well as a short 4-part renku cycle—a renku being a collaborative poem to which guests each add a stanza.
Renku began almost 1,000 years ago in Japan as irreverent displays of wit and literary skill, but the element of crudity was gradually eliminated as the form grew in popularity. The pinnacle was attained in the 17th century by the poet Matsuo Basho who established the single-stanza haiku as an individualistic, reflective form of literary art.
Hailstone is an English-language haiku site, so the haiku in Meltdown are in English, helping bring the enchantment of the literary snapshots that are haiku to English-speakers everywhere.
The cover of Meltdown features a woodblock print crafted by Richard Steiner. The anthology is edited by Stephen Gill.
The Meltdown haiku and renku anthology can be ordered from overseas for $20 a copy, or $38 for two.
Go to the Hailstone website to order your copies.
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