Our journal is called Blithe Spirit, a name suggested by our first President, James Kirkup, as a tribute to the great British haiku scholar, R H Blyth, to imply the spirit in which we hope to go about our art, and to suggest that haiku belongs in the poetry world, with a gentle nod towards Shelley’s skylark.
Each quarterly issue is normally of 80 pages and contains original poems, a diversity of statements about the writing and appreciation of haiku and related forms, book reviews, letters to the editor, and announcements of the winners of major awards, including the Museum of Haiku Literature Award (£50) for the haiku voted best in the previous issue.
Cover dates are February, May, August and November, to some extent reflecting the season just ended, i.e. the February issue contains a section of winter haiku, etc.
Our editorial policy is to encourage new writing, value a diversity of approaches to haiku, and promote excellence. Members enjoy no automatic right to publication, however. Blithe Spirit is principally a membership magazine, but non-members may be invited to contribute as featured writers.
The current Editor of Blithe Spirit is Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy. All submissions should be original work, not previously published or under consideration elsewhere. Submissions are to be e-mailed to Shrikaanth at Blithespirit . editor (a) gmail . com For those preffering to send this by post, please send a stamped self-addressed envelope or one IRC if you wish for a reply. In case of submissions by post without a self-addressed stamped envelope or IRC, the submission will be considered but no notification of acceptance or changes will be sent. Shrikaanth’s address for submission is available in the membership directory sent to each member.
Please have a look at this exciting piece of history – one of the first issues of Blithe Spirit from January 1992: