New Haiku Released in A Hundred Gourds

A Hundred Gourds has released its newest issue today, including two haiku of mine that you can read below. I hope these are enough to turn your attention to the rest of the issue. All you gotta do is click the link. Many thanks to Lorin Ford for accepting and publishing these.

first robin . . .
a baseball rolls out
of my glove

stick pony race
a butterfly changes

both by Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in A Hundred Gourds 5:1, December 2015

Frogpond Review Update

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]The website for Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America, has updated to include reviews from its most recent issue. Here is the link to read the brief but marvelous review Michele Root-Bernstein wrote for The Deep End of the Sky.

For easy access, I have updated the BOOKS tab above to include links to all known reviews of The Deep End of the Sky that can be found online.

The Deep End of the Sky can be bought online at Turtle Light Press,, and Book Depository. And if you live in my part of the world, copies can be bought at Korner Grocery, Prairie Pages Bookseller, and The Heritage Store at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. To order directly from me, please see the BOOKS tab above.

A Splash of Water

A Splash of WaterToday’s mail included a copy of the Haiku Society of America’s 2015 Members’ Anthology A Splash of Water, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee. The theme for this year’s anthology is water in all its manifestations. Lots of good work, some new and some reprinted, to be found here. What I like best about the HSA member anthologies is the variety of haiku collected in each one. My contribution to A Splash of Water comes from my series of old blue car haiku. Many thanks to Catherine and to the Haiku Society of America.

old blue car
a shimmer of clouds
in the hose water

by Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in Acorn 23, 2009.

Review in Haiku Canada Review

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]Haiku Canada Review published a short but sweet review of The Deep End of the Sky in its October 2015 issue. Guy Simser has a number of good things to say about the book, such as:

“His refreshingly short and plain haiku have been carefully constructed with a minimal amount of affected input. It is not hard when reading them to want to scrape mud off your boots[.]”

“Chad’s book takes you through the traditional seasonal path starting in spring. Visually, the volume is book-ended by haiku relating to the prairie sky. The subject matter is pastoral, work sweat and tears, with suggestions of reverence.”

“This book is a keeper for those interested in heart of a man in the heart of his country.”

Guy Simser also has good things to say about Rick Black and Turtle Light Press as well as the Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition.

Many thanks to Guy Simser and Haiku Canada Review for the good review, and to Rick Black for sharing the review with me.

Review in Frogpond

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]I’d like to share a good portion of a new review of The Deep End of the Sky that appears in the Briefly Reviewed section of the latest issue of Frogpond 38:3, the journal of the Haiku Society of America. Associate Editor Michele Root-Bernstein says of The Deep End of the Sky:

“[…] Chad Lee Robinson’s third chapbook is a quiet, unassuming, and nearly perfect work of art.”

“Robinson’s articulation of the ‘suchness’ of spring, summer, autumn, and winter is so subtle and fresh, one feels drawn to the weather, the farmer’s work, the moss on gravestones as if for the first time. And yet, these seasonal rhythms do not take precedence in a collection that is about so much more: the equally sacred rhythms of daily life, shared community, and generational devotion to place—to the land, certainly, but to the heavens as well, for Robinson’s masterful articulation of the particular creates startling moments of penetrating consciousness […]”

“There is poetry here […] But most of all, there is a poet and a voice […]”

“I highly recommend this chapbook for its poetry, quiet and true.”

Thank you, Michele, for writing such a wonderful review of The Deep End of the Sky.

Information on how to join the Haiku Society of America, which includes a subscription to Frogpond, can be found here.

New Haiku Released in Muttering Thunder

The new issue of muttering thunder: an annual of fine haiku & art has been released, and I am pleased to say that I have two new haiku included in it. Many thanks to Allan Burns for publishing more of my work. Lots of great haiku to be found there. Here are my contributions. Go read the rest of the issue by clicking the link, and enjoy!

ghost town
a red-tailed hawk ascends
to a higher wind

harmonica to the key of coyote

by Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in muttering thunder: an annual of fine haiku & art, vol. 2, November 2015