I would highly like to recommend that everyone out there interested in senryu and it’s history, read the article by Ce Rosenow, “Written in the Face of Adversity:The Senryu Tradition in America,” in the WInter-Spring 2013 issue of Modern Haiku. This is an excellently written, well researched article by Ms. Rosenow and clearly shows how senryu can go well beyond light humor and satire. As stated in her conclusion, “When its focus centers on human activities during times of great difficulty, senryu offers moment by moment reiterations of human persistence in the face of adversity.”
After a telephone conversation with Bruce today, we decided it was time to add haibun to the Prune Juice reportoire! Of course these haibun must be in the senryu/kypka vein. See the submissions page for more information.