COMMENTS ON STILL
Far and away the best -- as near perfect as it gets!
still is the only magazine that showcases each poem on its own, on its own page, but the quality of the haiku has diminished.
Japan has Kôko [Katô], USA has Jane [Reichhold], UK is lucky enough to have ai li.
I like ai li's haiku, but I do not 100% agree with her selection as an editor.
A beautiful journal, but utterly devoted to the personal expression of its poets, which, moving as this sometimes can be, does not often coincide with the best haiku practice.
Many people think highly of still, because it has a bit of style, but the quality of the poetry (the "haiku," anyway) is usually fairly poor.
The couple of issues I have seen are well-formatted. I particularly like the space allotted to each haiku, giving it space to breathe. Yet I wouldn't want a steady diet of the kinds of haiku published.
The UK haiku magazines are definitely quality, although they could do with the presentation skills of ai li (still).
Still certainly isn't "low quality" in any absolute sense, but I think it's low quality relative to the price you have to pay for it.
I admire the editor and her poetry tremendously, and I have only the highest regard for the journal and the works within. But I have an issue here that is just the most depressing thing. Each haiku seems more morbid or depressing than the next. Maybe it was just one of a kind, but I don't care for reading page after page of that.
Too Zen for my tastes.
Some journals such as still look nice, but are relatively quirky and poorly designed when you examine the typography, book-making necessities, and so on (to say nothing of the very poor poems that sometimes appear, whether intended as haiku or not).
still will always have a special
place in my heart for publishing one of my haiku that I thought was dead
on, but that even my spouse thought was too weird for words.