New Haiku Released

Five new haiku of mine have been released recently. Here they are for your reading pleasure:

evening glow—
little leaguers line up
to shake hands

river snags in my lineage

originally published in Modern Haiku 46.3, Autumn 2015.

Valentine’s Day—
she orders a salad
then eats my fries

old blue car—
I search the glovebox
for my father

originally published in Presence 53, October 2015.

rain comes slow to learn my place

originally published in Frozen Butterfly, issue 3, October 2015 (click on the link to hear me read my haiku which is the first one in the issue).

All five haiku above are written by Chad Lee Robinson.

Many thanks to the editors for publishing my work!

Two More Book Reviews

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]A review of The Deep End of the Sky recently appeared in the autumn issue of Modern Haiku. Randy Brooks has written two reviews in one, discussing my book alongside Marilyn Appl Walker’s new book Listening to the Sky since they are both about the plains.

It’s an excellent review of both books, but here are a few quotes about mine:

“I am glad to report that Chad Lee Robinson and Marilyn Appl Walker have both succeeded at expressing the unique nature of living on the high plains and done so with carefully crafted American haiku that will be enjoyed by natives as well as those who imaginatively travel to the prairie as readers.”

“Several of Chad Lee Robinson’s haiku excel at expressing a sense of solitude and acceptance of things beyond the self. In these haiku he captures that sense of wonder–that deep end of the sky[.]”

“In a final haiku by Robinson:

a farmer sets
the curve of his cap
prairie skyline

we see the farmer adjusting his view to match the curve of the horizon. He is looking out into the distance of the prairie, aware of its grand reach. He sees the skyline, its darkness, its promise, its history, and he is ready to be part of it. He is in tune with the heavens and earth of the great plains.”

Across the pond, Matthew Paul has reviewed The Deep End of the Sky for Presence 53 (published this October), Britain’s leading journal of haiku and related forms. Here are a couple quotes:

“Awareness of the land and what it can yield, and of the haiku tradition, is rooted throughout the collection but not to the extent where it would become wearying to read. The book is very well edited so it is thematically grouped without becoming repetitive. It’s also much the better for not being over-stuffed with haiku and gives reins to Robinson’s deceptively simple style, which is easy on the eye and the ear, particularly the latter: his poems almost always sound perfectly balanced[.]”

“In all, the book confirms the promise Robinson showed in his 2012 Snapshot Press e-chapbook Rope Marks and puts him among the best English-language haiku poets writing today.”

Many thanks to the reviewers and to the journals for publishing these reviews. I am grateful for all the good press surrounding The Deep End of the Sky. Good stuff, indeed!

Recent Anthology Appearances

Three anthologies have appeared recently, starting with Like the Pumpkins from The Befuddled Press. This anthology includes eight haiku on the theme of death. Letterpress on handmade paper by Scott Murphy. Here’s my contribution:

I am earth again
rain moving through the bluestem

by Chad Lee Robinson (originally published in Acorn #30, Spring 2013)

NestFeathersThe other day I received a copy of Nest Feathers: Selected Haiku from the First 15 Years of The Heron’s Nest. This is definitely an anthology to own. Full color, glossy hardcover (no dust jacket) really makes the colors of the feathers pop. Reading through the selections (248 haiku from 145 poets) and it’s clear that this will be an anthology I’ll return to again and again. Most of the poets are represented by one or two haiku, and there are a fair amount of poets with three or four haiku each. But there are only three poets who are represented by five haiku: John Barlow, Peggy Willis Lyles, and me. The Heron’s Nest has published a number of my haiku that are among my very best, and I am truly honored and humbled to be included among such company. Here are two of my five in the anthology:

spring rain
the soft click of marbles
on the kitchen floor

by Chad Lee Robinson (The Heron’s Nest volume 7, number 4, 2005)

migrating geese—
the things we thought we needed
darken the garage

by Chad Lee Robinson (The Heron’s Nest volume 13, number 1, 2011)

Beyond the GraveAnd lastly, Robert Epstein has (finally!) released Beyond the Grave: Contemporary Afterlife Haiku (Middle Island Press). I just found it on today, so I don’t even have a copy yet, but it should have four brand new haiku that I wrote specifically for this anthology. Based on the preview on Amazon, this looks to be a great new anthology.

Prairie Pages

Prairie Pages 1 Prairie Pages 2The Deep End of the Sky is now being sold at Prairie Pages, a small bookstore on historic Pierre Street here in Pierre.  See my poster in the storefront window? So if you happen to be in the area, stop in and buy a copy.

Let’s not forget that The Deep End of the Sky is also sold at Korner Grocery and the Heritage Store at the SD Historical Society Foundation/Cultural Heritage Center (unfortunately the book isn’t for sale in the Historical Society’s online store), both here in Pierre. In addition, you can also buy from Turtle Light Press, (read the great reviews here as well), Book Depository (if you’re overseas), or from me personally (see the books tab above).

Thank you to the staff at all locations selling The Deep End of the Sky. I appreciate any help in getting my haiku out into the world.

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Haiku books make great Christmas gifts. Just sayin’.