IRIS International
Internetski časopis za haiku poeziju i srodne izričaje
Udruge „Tri rijeke“ HPOI, Ivanić-Grad
Web magazine for haiku and related genres of the
Haiku Association “Three Rivers“, Ivanić-Grad, Croatia
Izlazi jednom godišnje / Published once a year, Godište 7, svezak 7, 2021. /
Year 7th, No. 7, 2021
Izdavač: Udruga „Tri rijeke“ HPOI, Ivanić-Grad
Published by the Haiku Association „Three Rivers“, Ivanić-Grad, Croatia
Urednički savjet / Editorial advisors: Stjepan Rožić, Antun Mikleš, Jasminka
Uredništvo / Editorial Board: Miroslav Vurdelja, Nina Kovačić, Dejan Pavlinović,
Mihovila Čeperić-Biljan, Goran Gatalica, Sanela Pliško
Glavna i odgovorna urednica / Editor-in-chief: Đurđa Vukelić Rožić
Lektura hrvatskoga teksta / Croatian sub-editing: Ružica Marušić-Vasilić
Korektura i lektura / Correctons: Ivana Cerinski
Lektura prijevoda na engleski jezik / English sub-editing: Elizabeth Harrison-Paj
Fotografija na naslovnici / Photo on the cover: Sanja Srbljinović-Čuček
Adresa uredništva / Editorial address: Kolodvorska 44, 10310 Ivanić-Grad
Tel./Phone: +385 (1) 2882 716, E-mail:
Grafička priprema / Prepress: Antun Mikleš
ISSN 1849-8639

Our goal is to present haiku and the Japanese culture to the Croatian readers and
introduce Croatian haiku to the world. If not submitted in English, only haiku
will be translated by the editorial team while other texts optionally. IRIS does not
pay any fee for any form of cooperation. Submissions will not be returned to the
authors. IRIS and IRIS International are sponsored by the City of Ivanić-Grad and
the Zagreb County. Views, thoughts and opinions expressed in the articles, columns
and commentaries herein are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily
reflect the opinion of the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board and/or the Publisher.
Copyright Iris International Haiku Magazine, 2021. All rights revert to the authors
upon publication.…

Every week we present one haiga by a Croatian author/authors. You are welcome to send three of your unpublished photo-haiga, size 2000 pixels on the longer side of your photograph to the Editor:

On your haiga please note the name of the author/authors. Please write the Haiku in Croatian and in your e-mail message you may give the Editor its version in English. Also, in several sentences please let us know how this particular haiga was created.

About haiga

A photo-haiga consists of two art forms, haiku and a photograph. It is important for your haiku not to describe the photograph, nor should it create any misunderstanding. Haiku and the photograph should complement each other and depict an atmosphere of sincerity, buoyancy and depth, creating a piece of art which is more valuable than each separate expression. You need to explore reality and move away from the expected poetical clichés. Be original.

In the spirit of sume-e painting, let your haiku and photography be free of any redundancy. Empty space is important. Explore and take several photographs of the item of your interest until you achieve something especially good. Let your choice of photograph speak of poetry. Take care about choosing the font with which you will write the haiku concerning your photograph. Try several different fonts until you have no obtrusive connection of the letters (shape, colour and size) with the photograph and mood of your art work.

In your haiku do not be a slave to the form of 5-7-5 syllables at the expense of the literary quality of the poem, avoid adjectives. Remember, kigo impersonates the transience of everything and denotes constant changes of everything alive. Only one kigo is allowed in your haiku. Be short and clear, use simple words understandable to each average educated reader. Unfamiliar words may be wrongly interpreted and draw the attention away from such a short poem. While your reader looks up a word in a dictionary, your haiku has lost his/her attention. Remember, haiku is complementary with our rushed, everyday lives. It is clear and short and may be read on sight. It of course hides a story to be thought about.

Try to connect your poem with the photograph in the best possible way. Create several haiga and edit them until you attain the best results. Take care about the main postulates in fine arts. Lay …