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August 2014                                       

Received my copy of Presence journal in the post today - what a fine job Ian, Matthew and the team have made in not only producing this issue in the face of their grief but in honouring Martin Lucas within the pages. His obituary - and the articles that Martin had written for this issue - simply underline all that the haiku world has lost. Presence will continue and part of Martin's legacy is that he set such a steady course for it.

As you may have seen already, the hard-working Jane and Werner Reichhold have decided - after 22 years - to call time on their stewardship of Lynx journal. However, they hope Lynx may rise again if there is someone (or a team) willing to take it on.

This month's article is by Beverley George on tanka, and a good read it is too. Ellen Grace Olinger has provided a selection for Favourite Haiku and the competition listings have been updated.

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