I spent this last weekend in the Black Hills with my wife and son and my in-laws. We drove through Badlands National Park, stopping in a number of locations to take photos. I didn’t bring our Nikon along, so my wife took photos with her cell phone.
I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to replace the header photo that comes with the Hemingway theme for this blog, and so I chose the one that now appears above. My wife took this photo of the Yellow Mounds near Dillon Pass. If you’ve never visited the Badlands (or the Black Hills), you should. Here is a panoramic also taken by my wife (click on the photo for a bigger version).
The Yellow Mounds is what I had in mind when I wrote this haiku:
red and yellow fossil soils
streak the Badlands
by Chad Lee Robinson, haiku originally published in muttering thunder, vol.1, November 2014
Photos by Kimberly Robinson. Used with permission.
The Heron’s Nest has always been one of my most favorite haiku journals to read and publish in, and so I am thrilled to announce that I will have work included in a retrospective anthology due out October 2015. Nest Feathers: Selected Haiku from the First 15 Years of The Heron’s Nest will include 248 haiku (by 145 poets, selected from more than eight thousand haiku) from the first 15 years of The Heron’s Nest. I am pleased to say that I will have five haiku included in this anthology. Cover art by Ron C. Moss. Introductions by founding editor Christopher Herold and current managing editor John Stevenson. This anthology will be a hardcover keepsake volume. Go to The Heron’s Nest to order a copy. Many thanks to the editors for selecting my work!
The Deep End of the Sky has a fourth review on Amazon. Please take a look. All four reviews are very short, so it won’t take much time to read them. I am grateful to those who have purchased the book and written a review. Little by little The Deep End of the Sky is making its way . . .
I noticed another 5-star review on Amazon, so now there’s three of them! Many thanks to those who’ve picked up a copy of The Deep End of the Sky as well as to those who have written reviews or mentioned it somewhere. I very much appreciate any help in getting the word out about the book.
I received Haiku 2015 in the mail today, the newest anthology edited by Scott Metz and Lee Gurga, published by Modern Haiku Press. I have a haiku in it, and am humbled and grateful to be included. Scott and Lee are both fine haiku poets and editors. Their work should be in the library of any serious haiku poet. Haiku 2015 is a great addition to Haiku 2014 and Haiku 21, both of which are award-winning anthologies from the same editorial team.
the pill I’m told to swallow
has a name
like a remote moon
by Chad Lee Robinson, is/let September 18, 2014
I mentioned before that The Deep End of the Sky has a five-star review on Amazon, but now it has two! Check them out, and if you feel inclined to write one, please do!
This morning I heard from the editor of Modern Haiku who has accepted two haiku from my recent submission. This means I have reached all my writing goals for the year, and it’s only July! This is very unusual as I tend to pace myself in order to make my goals more manageable and to not put too much pressure on myself to write more than I am able or have time for. Not only that, I also do it to try to eliminate unnecessary disappointment. Writing, and finding time for it, is hard enough as it is. I don’t need to make it harder. Anyway, this year my writing has been a bit more like it was when I I first started publishing haiku. This year I’ve written enough material to allow me to submit widely, and often. I have placed haiku in all the usual, top-notch journals plus a couple new ones. I’ve had work published in Acorn, Akitsu Quarterly, Frogpond, Mariposa, The Heron’s Nest, A Hundred Gourds, and more work is forthcoming in bottle rockets, Modern Haiku, muttering thunder and Wild Plum. All of this on top of seeing my contest-winning collection The Deep End of the Sky published by Turtle Light Press. Any new work that’s accepted now through the end of 2015 is just icing on the cake, and will bring me closer to a major milestone (for me, anyway). I won’t say what that is until it happens. I don’t want to jinx it. But for now it seems I’m on a roll.
There’s a new review up of The Deep End of the Sky on Sandra Simpson’s blog Breath. Sandra lives and writes in New Zealand, and is very familiar with farms and the countryside. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s written a wonderful review of my book. Here is a sample paragraph from the review:
“The wraparound cover image is perfect and the typeface, paper and internal images give the book something of a vintage feel. The haiku aren’t old-fashioned in the sense that they use well-worn images or the language of past decades. No, they’re old-fashioned in the best sense of having integrity, honesty, character and wisdom.” —Sandra Simpson
Very nice words. Many thanks, Sandra!
Today I dropped off some copies of The Deep End of the Sky at the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation to be sold in The Heritage Store. I’m not sure how long it will take to get the books on the shelf, but it should be very soon. It’s a fitting place to sell the book as the people who shop there are looking for items by South Dakota artists. Many thanks to the staff at the SDHSF for their help and willingness to try The Deep End of the Sky in The Heritage Store.
Frogpond 38.2 recently arrived in my mailbox with two new haiku of mine. Also, I’m very happy to report that I will have new haiku appearing this fall in Wild Plum and muttering thunder. Thanks to the editors for selecting my work!
Another one of my haiku is featured today on Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog. Read mine along with many more great haiku by other haiku poets. Thanks, Charlotte!
winter stars . . .
the name of my father
of my father’s father
by Chad Lee Robinson, author of The Deep End of the Sky