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!

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