Hello, I must be going…

You know, it occurred to me the other day that I have been editing the zen space since 2011. I actually founded it. I had never done anything like this in my life before. Well, that’s not entirely true, as I had been an assistant editor on a couple of magazines, but never before run something single-handed.

How was it for you?

It has come into my mind that I ought to plan a couple of things over the coming year. One is to step down as editor. I will need to find someone else to take over, or lay the whole thing down. Those are the choices. The other is to put together an anthology of poems from this site, and get it published. I think if I can do that, then I can leave with my head held high.

So, I haven’t quite gone yet. But it’ll happen. Hence my Groucho Marx quote, “Hello, I must be going.”

Meanwhile thank you for all the new haiku and in-the-moment poetry that is still coming in. May I renew my plea for original artwork, however? It is nice to look for public domain Ukiyo-e prints and suchlike, but it always pleases me when something original comes my way. It seems a long time, for example, since I have heard from our “resident” artist Marie Taylor. Perhaps that’s my fault for not getting in touch with her. I shall remedy that. But who else is out there, I should like to know, who is prepared to let me have something for a Showcase?

As I said, I haven’t gone yet, and a departure must be carefully planned. The joys of having been somewhere always add to the poignancy of the parting. I am almost looking forward to saying Sayonara which, I am told, actually means “Since it must be so…”

Marie Marshall
still editor for now
the zen space

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The Winter 2023 Showcase is now published!

A few day’s late, but we got there!

We’re looking forward to your visits and comments. The collection of haiku and other short and in-the-moment poetry is very fine on this occasion. As it always is – our contributors are very talented!

To visit the Showcase, hover your pointer over the “Experience” tab and scroll carefully down. If you wish to skip that discipline (tut tut!) you can feel free to click here. No one is looking over your shoulder!

I am always on the lookout for new names, so please pass on the message to any writers of quick-fire poetry and haiku that you happen to know of. the zen space is basically an English language publication, but I will consider work in other languages, if submitted with an English translation. Guidelines can be found on the “Submission” page.

I’m also looking out for original artwork to compliment the poetry. In the past we have featured everything from cartoons to mandalas!

If you are a new reader, please feel free to browse (all!) our other Showcases!

Meanwhile have a sunrise to prepare you for the sunsets in the Showcase…

MM
editor

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Apologies

The Winter 2023 Showcase is delayed, due to various circumstances beyond my control. I will try to get it published as soon as I am able to. Please stay tuned.

MM
editor

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A Matter of Life and Death

The Japanese poem associated with leaving life behind is called Jisei. It does not necessarily follow the haiku form, but always seems to capture a moment, and evoke the writer’s preparedness for the passing away of life. Or indeed their reluctance – whatever that transient moment says to them.

What I need from contributors this time is poetry that reflects two things –

Firstly the transience of life, and that acceptance of its passing away expressed by Jisei. Secondly, a full-throated celebration of life, which always seems to continue regardless of individual consciousness.

Can you do that for me?

I especially would like to hear from new “names,” and I am also looking for artwork to feature. Please do get in touch.

MM.

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The Autumn 2022 Showcase is now published!

Utagawa Hiroshige – Red fish

You know, this is such a simple journal, and yet the technical headaches of putting together a Showcase can quickly develop into a migraine. Our new Autumn Showcase has been published, and I am sure you will uncover glitches that I have missed. Nevertheless, I hope you will enjoy it. Hover your pointer over the “Experience” tab and scroll down to find this and previous Showcases. Or, if you are feeling lazy, you can simply go here!

Of course I am still looking for new talent, both in words and illustrations. Be in touch!

Marie Marshall

editor

the zen space

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The Summer 2022 Showcase is now published!

Better late than never, the Summer 2022 Showcase is now published. You can get to it by hovering your cursor over the “experience” tab and scrolling down, or you can simply go here. You can use the scroll-down feature to see our earlier Showcases too.

I am always on the lookout for new “names.” Do you write haiku or any kind of short-burst in-the-moment poetry? Do you have any examples of your artwork you would like us to feature? Please get in touch – see the “submission” tab for details. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Meanwhile, please enjoy the new Showcase.

Marie Marshall
editor
the zen space

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Oops!

Due to circumstances beyond my control, the Summer Showcase will be a little late. Watch this space.

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The Spring 2022 Showcase is now published

The Spring 2022 Showcase is now published! Hover your cursor over the “Experience” tab and scroll down, or click here.

Enjoy!

MM

The Winter 2022 Showcase is now published!

Happy New Year!

There’s a new Showcase for you to read, the forty-second one we have published so far. Who knew this venture would last this long? To access the Winter 2022 Showcase, hover your cursor over the “Experience” tab and scroll down the pop-up list. Alternatively you can click here.

By the way, my constant call is for new “names” for the zen space, new people who can pen short-burst, in-the-moment poetry, haiku, senryu, and so on. Also artists who catch my eye, to add something visual to a showcase. So I am relying on our readers to pass on the message, to call out on our behalf, so we can see who’s out there…

That includes fairies.

MM.

The Autumn 2021 Showcase is now published…

… and it’s full of swallows and poetry.

To visit, hover your cursor over the “experience” tab and scroll down to the bottom. Or click here.

Enjoy!