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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts | The G-force of Blue | Touching Base with Gendai haiku

Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts

"Excellent Journal - Truly International!"
 Hanif Kureishi 

The Feburary issue contains poems, short fiction, photography, essays, interviews and paintings by the following writers/artists – Hanif Kureishi, George Szirtes, Sudeep Sen, K Satchidanandan, Meena Alexander, Antonio Casella, Alan Summers, Michelle Cohen Corasanti, C.S. Jayaram, Jose Varghese, Ampat Koshy, Mohammad Zahid, Mariam Henna Naushad, Jude Lopez, Collins Justin Peter, Jesto Thankachan, Kirpal Gordon, Gerrard Williams, Bijay Biswal, Balbir Krishen, Abdul Salim, Ananya S Guha, Mike Keville, Indran Amirthanayagam, Sofiul Azam, Sunandan Roy Chowdhury, Michelle D'costa, Kulpreet Yadav, Nepa Noyal, Krishna Girish, Kalpana, Maria Issac, Hari Krishnan, Kalpana N.S., Reshma G.S., Sethu John, Naina Dey, Archana Kurup, Minu Varghese, Markus Sailor, Glenn Andrew Barr, Barry Charrman, Aishwarya and Rosemary Tom.

The editorial board consists of:
Jose Varghese (Chief Editor - SH College), Aravind R Nair (Associate Editor – SH College), Mariam Henna (Student Editor – SH College), Collins J Peter (Student Editor - SH College), Alan Summers (Advisory Board - U.K.), Bill Ashcroft (Advisory Board - University of New South Wales, Australia), George Szirtes (Advisory Board - University of East Anglia, Norwich), Mel Ulm (Advisory Board - Canada), Rana Nayar (Advisory Board - Punjab University), Sanjukta Dasgupta (Advisory Board - University of Kolkata) and Sudeep Sen (Advisory Board - London).

Our editorial board members and contributors were either born or brought up in countries like India, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Hungary, Australia, United States of America, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, France, Sri Lanka, Peru, Bangladesh, Bahrain and Germany.

The current issue is now out, with an essay on gendai haiku by myself:

The G-force of Blue  |  Touching Base with Gendai haiku :

I’m also launching a branch of the Kigo Lab Project : 

The Kigo Lab Project
Where fresh new approaches may be made in the experiment of certain well-known words and phrases within the English language, which have potential into being utilised, even evolving, into Japanese style kigo over time.  

This is a long term project, and I’m aware that kigo outside Japan could take anything from decades to hundreds of years. If it’s not started we will never find out if such a thing as a modern source of local/regional/national/global kigo can be made available for writers within the haikai genre, and prove useful to other genre writers.

I am not necessarily looking for nature poems, but haiku that successfully embrace today’s culture and an awareness of where we come from.

Season words, and the Japanese kigo system, are not only derived from observations of nature, they can allude to a country’s historical, cultural and literary past that hint or suggest a time of year.

The seasonal aspect of the vocabulary (kigo) and subject matter (kidai) of traditional tanka, renga, and haiku; a deep feeling for the passage of time, as known through the objects and events of the seasonal cycle.
William J. Higginson with Penny Harter, The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, published by Kodansha International.

If anyone is intrigued into knowing more please contact me at:
haiku [at] dircon [dot] co [dot] uk

Alan Summers
Haiku Editor, Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts

The next issue of Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts will be out in early August 2013

For anyone wishing to submit short fiction, and the other genres covered in the journal please use this email address: 

Submission information webpage: 



1 comment:

Reseeding Infinity said...

Fantastic achievement!