Yanty’s Butterfly

I am truly honoured to be a contributor to this anthology from the Haiku Nook community.

Yanty’s Butterfly


Haiku Nook Anthology Yanty's Butterfly Print Version

Yanty’s Butterfly is an international haiku anthology dedicated to Yanty Tjiam and her family. Yanty was a haiku poet who passed away in 2015. She was a beloved member of our Haiku Nook community on Google+. In honor of Yanty, 20 poets from Canada, the U.K., Germany, Persia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, South Africa, Taiwan, the Philippines, and the U.S. have come together to create this anthology. Yanty’s Butterfly consists of over 600 poems, spanning the variety of haiku forms: three-line haiku, two-line haiku, one-line haiku, four-line haiku, traditional haiku (5-7-5), concrete haiku, tanka, and haibun. Featuring haiku from Yanty Tjiam, George Klacsanzky, Fei Zhan, and award-winning poet, Alan Summers, Yanty’s Butterfly is an essential addition to the haiku literature of the 21st century.

Yanty Tjiam

Yanty Tjiam (1981–2015) was a beloved haiku poet from Indonesia. She was the eldest sibling and is survived by her family and 2 younger brothers. She studied at North Sumatra University, majoring in English Literature. In the later years of her life, Yanty worked as an administrator in a CPO refinery factory. Her hobbies were gardening, reading, writing, and sharing. She never got angry.

Yanty Tjiam is remembered for her kindness, gentleness and attention to other people’s work. She is also remembered for her sense of humor. She touched the lives of many people in the haiku community. As one haiku poet has said: “her words were as soft as that butterfly.”

The Spirit of Yanty Tjiam remains in the hearts and minds of many. Her haiku and spirit remind us to live with compassion, simple kindness, and respect. She will be missed.

“As we lost a loved one, Yanty Tjiam, she went through a metamorphosis of her own, and in the process, she transformed us as well … [Yanty’s Butterfly] is a celebration of her life, and her haiku. It is also a celebration of our work in this genre, and the power of haiku to connect people, across countries, across boundaries, around the world.”

—Jacob Salzer, Managing Editor

About Haiku Nook

We are a volunteer-based haiku community, dedicated to the sharing of haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, shahai and other haikai-related literature. In the process of sharing and celebrating haiku, we are also empowered to make a difference in this world. All proceeds from Yanty’s Butterfly are donated to Yanty’s family and 2 charity organizations: ActionAid and The Hunger Project.

“It is the ‘bayanihan’ spirit that brought people together with different callings, different world-views and different beliefs, in appreciation of the ‘big H’, we reverently call haiku.”

—Willie R. Bongcaron, Founder of the Haiku Nook G+ community


If you’re interested in marketing, reproducing, or sharing Yanty’s Butterfly for educational or other purposes, please contact us:
e-mail: yantysbutterfly (at) gmail.com
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About Frank

A Sci-Fi & Fantasy author and lyrical poet with a mild obsession for vampires, succubi, goddesses and Supergirl.
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9 Responses to Yanty’s Butterfly

  1. Wow, I had no idea there were so many kinds if haiku! I was only familiar with the 5-7-5 tradition. This looks like a delightful collection.

    • Frank says:

      I’m very fond of the 5-7-5, but the essence of haiku in its various forms is to have a poem spoken in a single breath, and to give the reader/listener an ‘a-ha!’ moment of realisation. The 5-7-5 can actually feel a little cumbersome, so most of the haiku in this collection are shorter.

  2. What a lovely tribute to Yanty. She must have been a special person 🙂

    • Frank says:

      I knew her for such a short time, and only through her poems and comments, but she was very kind and her imagery delightful. She touched many hearts.

  3. Silverangel says:

    Bigger is better.
    Five seven five forever.
    Said the succubus.

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