Tanka Published in hedgerow

I’m a little late in posting this, but last week hedgerow: a journal of small poems published a new tanka of mine in issue #114:

farm wife
listening for tires
on gravel . . .
the inner lightning
of night clouds

Many thanks to Caroline Skanne for including my work. I have more work scheduled to appear in two future issues of hedgerow, so stay tuned for those!

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Haiku in the Workplace and Recent Acceptances

I am pleased to announce that I have had another haiku published in Jim Kacian’s Haiku in the Workplace column just today. The theme this time around is “the first day at the new job.” With thanks to Jim, here is my offering:

first day at the new job–
a rubber spider
in the desk drawer

Recent acceptances include haiku and tanka that will appear in three separate issues of hedgerow: a journal of small poems. Many thanks to Caroline Skanne!

Acorn and Other News

I recently received the spring issue of Acorn that includes a new poem of mine. As always, I’m thrilled to be in another issue of Acorn. It’s such a fantastic haiku journal. With thanks to Susan Antolin, here is my contribution:

it’s cancer . . .
the tips of the tall grass
brush my palms

by Chad Lee Robinson, Acorn No. 38, Spring 2017

In other news, I feel kinda bad that I wasn’t able to participate in this year’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration for International Haiku Poetry Day, but the theme of reconciliation just didn’t spark anything for me. So hopefully next year’s theme will be more inspiring.

The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems were announced yesterday. I was honored to have a poem on the shortlist, this one which was originally published in Mariposa 35, 2016 (thanks to editor Cherie Hunter Day):

restringing fence wire–
the meadowlark’s song one post
ahead of the wind

by Chad Lee Robinson

Unfortunately, the Touchstone judges did not select my poem as a winner. Since the Touchstone Awards began, I have been fortunate enough to have had four poems shortlisted, one of which (this one) actually won:

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

by Chad Lee Robinson, first published in The Heron’s Nest Vol. XIII, Number 1: March, 2011.

This haiku can also be found in my award-winning collection from Turtle Light Press, The Deep End of the Sky.

Thanks to the Touchstone judges for shortlisting my poem.

Haiku Shortlisted for a Touchstone Award

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!

National Poetry Month, Publication News, and Acceptances

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!

Haiku in the Workplace

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.

2017 Golden Haiku Contest Results Announced

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:

garden plans—
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: Book of the Week

pop-bottles-cover-imagePop 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.