2020. A year so many people are happy to leave behind. Pandemic. Politics. Thank heavens that’s all I’m going to say about that stuff. But as far as my haiku writing goes, 2020 was one heck of a year.
I published 34 poems in 2020 (33 haiku and senryu, and 1 tanka) in the following places: Acorn (1); Akitsu Quarterly (4); bottle rockets (1); Bundled Wildflowers: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology (1); The Bamboo Hut (5); Failed Haiku (7); Frogpond (1); Haiku in Action (1); The Heron’s Nest (5); Horror Senryu Journal (1); Haikuniverse (1); Kingfisher (3); and Wales Haiku Journal (3).
One of my goals every year is to publish in a journal or other venue that I’ve never published in before, and in 2020 I published in four such places: The Bamboo Hut, Haiku in Action, Horror Senryu Journal, and Kingfisher. I hear about new publications regularly, and I wish I was more prolific so I can submit to them all in addition to all the other publications I like to submit to. Some other new journals I’ve yet to send work to include: Bloo outlier journal, Cold Moon Journal, First Frost, The Haiku Broadsheet, Heliosparrow, and Otoroshi Journal. I can’t keep up!
I published work in five anthologies in 2020, mostly republications, including (no particular order): South Dakota in Poems (South Dakota State Poetry Society), wind flowers: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2019 (Red Moon Press), The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology (Middle Island Press), Haiku 2020 (Modern Haiku Press), and Bundled Wildflowers: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology. I also republished a couple haiku on Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.
2020 Awards include a haiku shortlisted for a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems, The Heron’s Nest Award (September and December issues), and one Editors’ Choice award from The Heron’s Nest (December issue).
Here are a handful of haiku from 2020:
the pumpkin’s light blows out . . .
I leave the owl
to its asking
the storm reduces itself
to quiet rain
the way she tilts her head
to put on an earring
the prairie wind moves
a shortage of toilet paper
Looking ahead to 2021, I have already published three poems in a new journal called tsuri-doro: a small journal of haiku and senryu, and one senryu in Horror Senryu Journal. I also have new and previously published work forthcoming in Last Train Home, an anthology of haiku and related poetry about trains, and I will have a haiku republished in the next Red Moon Anthology.
Thank you for stopping by The Deep End of the Sky and keeping up with my writing. I know 2020 was a difficult year for many, many people all over the world. Wherever you are I hope you are doing all you can to stay safe and healthy. You’ll hear from me next in February. In the meantime, please take care.
Many thanks to the editors and publishers of the publications listed above.
Poems copyright Chad Lee Robinson.