Welcome to 50 Haikus

It is interesting to note that the word haiku is both singular and plural. We selected the name “50 Haikus” because our editor’s son often asked to read his “Haikus Book” and that was adorable enough to commemorate. Despite the funny name, 50 Haikus is a serious poetry journal featuring all forms of haiku. Each issue contains exactly 50 poems by established and emerging poets.

The art of haiku has been practiced for centuries. Originally revered by Japanese poets, and now enjoyed by the whole world, haiku are poems that traditionally adhere to specific rules of composition with themes that celebrate nature, but today many different themes and styles are accepted.

Although it is common to find constrained forms of haiku, counting morae and marking the kigo etc., 50 Haikus looks only to the content of the poem. We want short lines with meaning. Poems should say a great deal in what amounts to a handful of words.

The history of poetry is important, and the voices of the past are often lovely and interesting. That said, if you are stuck in the past, only reading poems written before you were born, you are missing out on what’s happening in the poetry world today. Our issues are filled with beautiful poems; each is hand-selected from the many works writers from around the world send us. These are relevant writers, active today, with all the cultural influences that make today’s poetry so interesting and telling.

Visit our “Issues” page to get a copy of 50 Haikus. Our books make great gifts for anyone who loves poetry, and they are the perfect addition to any serious poetry collection.