Another edition of Jim Kacian’s Haiku in the Workplace column is up today at The Haiku Foundation, and I am pleased to have a senryu included. This week’s theme is “the team meeting”. Many thanks to Jim Kacian and The Haiku Foundation for including my work yet again. Here is my contribution:
all hands in
the box of donuts
senryu by Chad Lee Robinson
The Haiku Foundation and The Touchstone Award for Individual Poems Committee have announced their shortlist this morning, and I am thrilled to have a poem included. The committee received 660 nominations, which appears to be the most it’s ever received in its seven-year history, and from those chose 29 for the shortlist. Here is mine:
restringing fence wire–
the meadowlark’s song one post
ahead of the wind
Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in Mariposa 35, 2016
Many thanks to the Touchstone Award for Individual Poems Committee and The Haiku Foundation, as well as to Cherie Hunter Day for this haiku’s original publication in Mariposa. And a big congrats to the other poets on the shortlist. The winners will be announced on April 17, International Haiku Poetry Day!
Today, Saturday, April 1st, kicks off National Poetry Month, 30 days dedicated to celebrating poetry. I hope you will participate at some point during the month, even if only in a small way. You can celebrate in a number of ways, such as by reading a poem a day, or by writing one, or by buying a book of poetry which you could do at your local book shop (the book could even be by a local poet), or by celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27 when you can carry a favorite poem with you and share it with family and friends and coworkers. Head over to the website for the Academy of American Poets to read 30 ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month. But let’s not forget the most important day during National Poetry month: International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17th. Click the link to read about ways you can participate in haiku activities near you, courtesy of The Haiku Foundation.
What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than by announcing the publication of brand new poems. I am pleased to share that I have three new tanka published in the spring/summer issue (#25) of Gusts, the official publication of Tanka Canada. This is my first appearance in Gusts. Many thanks to the editors. Here are two of those tanka:
a song from my youth . . .
on the strength
of old feelings
I bench press
a personal best
in my son’s dream
I am the monster . . .
for everyone else
the day’s darkness
is rain clouds
And if that isn’t exciting enough, I am pleased to announce that Chris Patchel, editor of Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America, recently accepted two haiku for issue 40.2, Summer 2017. Also, the spring issue of Acorn: a journal of contemporary haiku should be released in April which will include a haiku by yours truly. Many thanks to the editors of these journals.
Let’s get celebrating!
Jim Kacian’s weekly column Haiku in the Workplace continues over at The Haiku Foundation. I am delighted to have a brand new haiku included in this week’s column which is all about the boss’s spouse. Here is my contribution:
to hear the hired hand
talk about horses . . .
the boss’s wife
Many thanks to Jim Kacian for including my poem. If you’re looking for a fun and interesting read, check out this column every Wednesday at The Haiku Foundation.
The March issue of The Heron’s Nest has been released, and I’m happy to have two haiku included, one on page 6 and another on page 7. Many thanks to Fay Aoyagi and the rest of the editorial team. Here is one of my two contributions:
a bison stretches its neck . . .
the patter of frost
falling from a pine
haiku by Chad Lee Robinson, The Heron’s Nest Volume XIX, Number1: March 2017
The results of the 2017 Golden Triangle Haiku Contest have been announced, and I am pleased, and a bit shocked, that one of my entries has been named a runner-up. According to the announcement, more than 1,200 haiku were entered into the contest, of which nearly 100 were chosen for recognition. Judges were Abigail Friedman, John Stevenson, and Kit Pancoast Nagamura. Winners and runners-up will have their haiku printed on signs that will be located in flower beds in the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, a 43-block area in Washington D.C. that stretches from the White House to Dupont Circle.
The contest theme this year was the garden. One image that comes to mind when I think of a garden is of my dad planning out the size of each bed, usually for tomatoes or cucumbers or muskmelon. I remember he would measure the size of each bed with his feet, and so I came up with this one:
my father measures
heel to toe
Click here to read the rest of the winners and runners-up. Congrats to all, and thanks to the Golden Triangle BID and the contest judges.
Pop Bottles, my first chapbook of haiku published by True Vine Press in 2009, is the book of the week at The Haiku Foundation. You can read it online or you can download it, all for free from The Haiku Foundation’s digital library.
Pop Bottles won the 2009 True Vine Press Chapbook contest. Chapbook manuscripts were to have a summer theme. Judges were an’ya, Gary Hotham and Tony Thompson. According to my notes, the contest received more than 50 entries. For the win, I received $20.00 plus 20 copies of the chapbook (cha-ching!). Due to an error in the opening haiku, which was corrected, I received another 25 copies. Other finalists were Michael McClintock, Sandra Simpson, Elliot Nicely and Darrell Lindsey. Original cover art by Ron Moss.
Shortly after the publication of Pop Bottles, True Vine Press ceased operations which included closing the doors to Wisteria, a haiku, senryu and tanka journal edited by Tony Thompson. I don’t know how many copies of Pop Bottles were ultimately printed, but it’s probably safe to say that there weren’t many more copies than the 45 I ended up with. Over the years I’ve either sold or given away almost all the copies I have. So, if you are one of the lucky few who owns a copy, hang on to it. Keep it in a protective sleeve like your favorite baseball card. Personally, I keep my remaining copies in a fire and water proof vault that requires both fingerprint and retinal scans to gain entry. Seriously though, I am excited that Pop Bottles is in front of a much bigger audience than its original print run. So many more people will be able to enjoy it now.
Thanks to The Haiku Foundation, Jim Kacian, and THF librarian Garry Eaton for including my chapbook in the digital library and for featuring it as book of the week.
A new issue of Stardust Haiku is available today, and I am happy to have a new haiku included. You can check out the website for this new journal or you can click here to read a pdf of the second issue which is focused on “the interaction between nature and love/romance.” Not only does this mark my first appearance in Stardust Haiku, but it also fulfills my annual goal of publishing in a journal I’ve never published in before. Many thanks to editor Valentina Ranaldi-Adams. Here is my effort:
my body remembers
haiku by Chad Lee Robinson, Stardust Haiku Issue 2 – February 2017
Modern Haiku has released its first issue of 2017, volume 48.1, and I am excited to have a new haiku in it. Many thanks to editor Paul Miller!
Red Moon Press has released dust devils: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016 which collects the best haiku and related writing published in 2016. I am delighted and honored to have two haiku included. The annual Red Moon Anthology series began with the 1996 volume, and dust devils is the 21st edition. I am fortunate to have had work voted into thirteen volumes of this award-winning series. Many thanks to Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Editorial Team. I would also like to thank Cherie Hunter Day and the members of the Route 9 Haiku Group for publishing these poems first.
Here are my two contributions to dust devils:
a childhood nickname
catches up with me
Upstate Dim Sum 2016/II
restringing fence wire–
the meadowlark’s song one post
ahead of the wind
Mariposa 35, Autumn/Winter 2016