river baptism . . . the shimmer dries off
Chad Lee Robinson, Akitsu Quarterly Fall 2016
I am happy to announce that I will have three new poems – two haiku and one tanka – published in the next issue of Mariposa, the journal of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, due out later this fall. Many thanks to editor Cherie Hunter Day!
One of my haiku appears today in re:Virals (#53), a poem commentary feature on The Haiku Foundation’s Troutswirl blog. Here is the poem:
a slight shake of bells as the harness comes off night snow
which was originally published in The Heron’s Nest and is also included in my collection The Deep End of the Sky.
Modje Marvast, Marion Clarke, Lorin Ford, Alan Summers, and Rose Ades wrote the commentaries, and I am pleased with all of them. It’s nice to read some reader reactions to one of my poems since I don’t get that very often. It is well worth your time to read all of the commentaries, but I’d like to quote a paragraph from the winning commentary by Rose Ades:
“I found energy in the harness coming off that liberated my senses, memory and imagination, and brought me back to the bare-rumped physicality of horses. And space at the line break, to shift indoors, to thaw out from the wind and the cold to smell the hay and the stable, perhaps a wood fire, hot food, a place to rest, reflect and give thanks. A sense that all was for now well confirmed by the revelatory stillness and quiet of the final line ‘night snow’. On this night we are safe and we will sleep as the snow covers yesterday’s tracks.”
Thank you to Lynn Edge for selecting this poem for commentary, to all those who wrote commentaries, and to The Haiku Foundation.
I am happy to report that I will have two new haiku in the Fall issue of Akitsu Quarterly. Many thanks to editor Robin White!
It’s been more than a month since my last post, the longest stretch I’ve gone without posting something on The Deep End of the Sky. I haven’t had much to share recently as far as haiku goes, mostly because I haven’t submitted any new work for a couple of months, for good reason. It’s not that I haven’t been writing, quite the opposite. I have filled a handful of notebooks with haiku as I work toward something that has long been on my haiku bucket list. I hope to be able to share more about this at the end of July. In the meantime, here is a pic of all the notebooks I’ve filled so far this year, including the red County Fair South Dakota one which is my current everyday carry.
I hope some of the work found in the pages of these notebooks will be released into the haiku wild in the coming months. Lots of pages. Lots of haiku. Stay tuned.
I am pleased to announce the publication of two new haiku in A Hundred Gourds 5:3, June 2016.
This is the final issue of A Hundred Gourds. I am fortunate, and grateful, to have had so many poems published there over the last five years. Thank you, Lorin Ford, for providing a good home to some of my haiku.
Here is a list of all the issues of A Hundred Gourds that include my work.
setting sun …
a bird dog’s bark
empties the cattails
singing to me
a honey-do list –
haiku by Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in A Hundred Gourds 5:3, June 2016
One year ago this month Turtle Light Press released my contest-winning haiku collection The Deep End of the Sky. In that time the book has received many positive reviews in the haiku journals as well as some wonderful feedback from individuals all over the world. Looking back, I was fortunate to have Penny Harter choose this manuscript as winner, and to have Rick Black to guide me through the editing/publishing process. Thank you, guys, for all your help, and to everyone who bought a copy.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please see the BOOKS tab above for a list of places where it is sold.
The release of Otata 4 today is in itself a reason to celebrate. To have eight haiku/senryu in the mix is even better yet, especially since it’s rare for me to have so many new poems appear at one time. But the publication of my work in Otata means a little bit more.
One of my goals every year is to publish in a journal I’ve never published in before. I do this for a number of reasons (like a new publication credit), but most importantly to try to enlarge the circle of my audience. Plus, it’s exciting to send work to an editor who’s never considered my work for publication before. Publication of my work in Otata fulfills that goal for this year.
And with the publication of eight poems in Otata today, I have achieved that milestone I mentioned a couple times in the past. As of today I have more than 400 published poems to my name. This includes haiku, senryu and tanka. I know, I know. It’s about quality, not quantity. Still, it’s a fun fact that puts a smile on my face.
Many thanks to John Martone for publishing my work. Here are a few of my poems from Otata. Head over to the journal using the link at the top of this post to read the rest.
prickly pear— you wake up in yesterday’s clothes
late tomatoes the scarecrow slips deeper into its waistline
clocks turned back in bed we curl up
haiku by Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in Otata 4, April 2016
I am pleased to announce that I will have a batch of brand new haiku in the next issue of Otata, an online journal of haiku and other small poems edited by the prolific John Martone. I will announce when the new issue goes live. Many thanks to John Martone for the acceptances. Stay tuned!