Newspaper articles

There’s been some great publicity surrounding my new collection of haiku The Deep End of the Sky. Two articles have appeared in the Pierre Capital Journal and one in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Here are links to these articles:

http://www.capjournal.com/news/pierre-poet-wins-haiku-chapbook-competition/article_387836f6-59ab-11e4-bb98-3745b988c0c8.html

http://www.capjournal.com/news/at-the-end-of-the-sky-prairie/article_9fc8c28e-714e-11e4-bdf9-6bd7852a4f5f.html

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/12/09/pierre-poets-sd-based-haiku-wins-honor/20134943/

The writer of the longer Capital Journal article went so far as to interview three of my high school English teachers, taking the story all the way back to the days when I was only just beginning to take writing seriously. It would be years before I would come across haiku in college. That article is a good one for offering more of my back story as to how and why I started writing, and how that led to my introduction to haiku while attending college.

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The Deep End of the Sky

My blog’s title comes from the name of my forthcoming book The Deep End of the Sky. It’s a collection of haiku I’ve been working with off and on for quite a few years (at least seven). Every time I thought I might have enough good haiku for a collection, I’d sort through my work to try and piece something together, but I never had enough good ones to go in the direction I wanted. So I kept writing and publishing, and once in a while I’d sort through my work again to see if I could put something together. In 2011 I put together a little collection called Rope Marks that Snapshot Press published in 2012 as part of its eChapbook lineup. That’s when I knew I was getting close, that’s when I knew what I wanted was a book of haiku that has a sense of place. And for me that place is South Dakota. So in late 2013, early 2014 I put together the manuscript for The Deep End of the Sky, and sent it to the Turtle Light Press chapbook competition.

It was early October, and I was sitting at the kitchen table eating lunch when my cellphone rang. The voice on the other end was Rick Black of Turtle Light Press, letting me know that the contest judge, Penny Harter, chose The Deep End of the Sky as winner. Her commentary is outstanding. I won’t tell you what Penny said though. I’ll let you read it for yourself here: http://www.turtlelightpress.com/2014-tlp-haiku-chapbook-winner/

And if your interested in buying a copy for yourself or as a gift, you can pre-order it here: http://www.turtlelightpress.com/products/deep-end-sky/

I’ve got lots more to say about the book, so stay tuned . . .

Here We Go . . .

I wanted to start a blog to promote my forthcoming collection of haiku The Deep End of the Sky, but quickly realized it’s going to be much more than that. So while I’ll be promoting my new book, I’ll also share some haiku and related poetry I’ve published over the past twelve years or so, plus I’ll throw in some random thoughts about haiku and this or that.

Welcome to The Deep End of the Sky!