BP: Prune Juice Journal

One of the more prestigious international senryu journals, Prune Juice Journal of Senryu and Related Forms, has just published Issue #35, November 2021. The journal was founded in 2009 by Alexis Rotella, and it has had several editors. The current editor is Tia Haynes.

Senryu is a type of haiku, but tends to be more about the human condition, rather than nature. Prune Juice publishes English senryu and related forms like Kyoka, Haibun, Haiga, and Rengay.

This pedometer geek writer has submitted to Prune Juice in the past, but has not had any success with acceptance until now. In the current issue, the editor selected two pieces for inclusion. The first poem is a senryu; the second is a haibun, which a combination of a prose section and a haiku/senryu.

The senryu is as follows:

making a mountain

out of a mole

–melanoma

~Nancy Brady, 2021

The haibun is as follows:

Cutting the Cord

Pregnancy came easily, labor too, but not so the reality of a newborn in my arms. They shouldn’t trust inexperienced people with infants, I thought. I could not connect his name, and so instead called him Snuffly Bear Kid.

off-key lullabies

the labor pains

of every deployment

~Nancy Brady, 2021

Thank you, Tia, for accepting the senryu and the haibun; it is appreciated. Thanks, too, to Julie Schwerin for your help fine-tuning the haibun; I doubt I would have ever submitted it otherwise. It might have languished on my laptop forever.

To read the Issue #35 as well as any of the previous issues, check out https://prunejuicesenryu.com

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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2 Responses to BP: Prune Juice Journal

  1. Jules says:

    All the best with those two fine pieces!!

    Liked by 1 person

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