MODERN HAIKU SUBSCRIBERS,
of a change in my physical health I find it necessary to turn
over the editorship of Modern Haiku journal to Lee Gurga,
MH's associate editor. It was agreed when Lee became associate
editor that the editorship of MH would become his when I felt
that I no longer could adequately carry out my editorial functions.
it was agreed upon when our staff artist, John R. Reynolds, was
appointed that he would no longer be painting illustrations for
the covers, in order to give Lee a free hand in his production
of Modern Haiku journal. John has been staff artist since
1984, and I have always valued the manner in which his paintings
harmonize with MH's contentsas have you, from the many letters
I have received to this effect. John, I wish you well.
most certainly thank Lee for his superb assistance to me in the
carrying out of my editorial functions. Lee has helped me in myriad
ways and consequently lightened my work load. From now on send
submissions, subscription renewals, etc., to:
PO Box 68
Lincoln, IL 62656
my heartfelt appreciation is yours.
I thank Randy Brooks for his kindness in availing me of Millikin
Unlversity's resources in the composition of the prose portion
as the saying has it: "Last but not least-and far, far from
leastI most truly appreciate all of you who subscribe to Modern
Haiku journal. Without you there could not be Modern Haiku.
Please transfer the kindness you have given me to Lee, and please
be patient with the transfer as Lee will have many technical details
deeply cherish all of you and sincerely thank you for your faithfulness
to Modern Haiku journal.
and with great affection,
Spiess died on March 13, 2002, in Madison, Wis.Ed.]