One of my haiku appears today in re:Virals (#53), a poem commentary feature on The Haiku Foundation’s Troutswirl blog. Here is the poem:
a slight shake of bells
as the harness comes off
which was originally published in The Heron’s Nest and is also included in my collection The Deep End of the Sky.
Modje Marvast, Marion Clarke, Lorin Ford, Alan Summers, and Rose Ades wrote the commentaries, and I am pleased with all of them. It’s nice to read some reader reactions to one of my poems since I don’t get that very often. It is well worth your time to read all of the commentaries, but I’d like to quote a paragraph from the winning commentary by Rose Ades:
“I found energy in the harness coming off that liberated my senses, memory and imagination, and brought me back to the bare-rumped physicality of horses. And space at the line break, to shift indoors, to thaw out from the wind and the cold to smell the hay and the stable, perhaps a wood fire, hot food, a place to rest, reflect and give thanks. A sense that all was for now well confirmed by the revelatory stillness and quiet of the final line ‘night snow’. On this night we are safe and we will sleep as the snow covers yesterday’s tracks.”
Thank you to Lynn Edge for selecting this poem for commentary, to all those who wrote commentaries, and to The Haiku Foundation.
Great news today: The Deep End of the Sky is now available for purchase at Red Moon Press! It’s exciting to watch my book slowly make its way into the world. With the help of Turtle Light Press, Red Moon Press, and a few local shops right here in Pierre, SD, lovers of haiku and poetry can enjoy The Deep End of the Sky. I will also mention that Red Moon Press has just released a handful of new haiku books, so if you’ve been waiting to buy a copy of The Deep End of the Sky, now you can get it along with some other brand new Red Moon Press titles. Here’s a link to read Alan Summers’ short but satisfying review of my book at Red Moon Press. Many thanks to Rick Black and Jim Kacian, and to all who’ve purchased a copy of The Deep End of the Sky.
FYI. You can still purchase The Deep End of the Sky from Turtle Light Press, The Book Depository, Amazon, or directly from me.
Rick Black at Turtle Light Press posted questions from an interview with me about haiku on Facebook recently. Since the interview is now concluded he has posted it in its entirety on Turtle Light Press’s blog. So if you missed it on Facebook, go take a look, and if you’re so inclined please check out the books and other items in their shop. I have many of TLP’s haiku books and I can say with certainty that they are all excellent reads.
Thank you to Rick Black for conducting the interview and posting each question on Facebook, and to Alan Summers and Tom Clausen for adding some questions at the end.
My contest-winning collection of haiku The Deep End of the Sky is still available from Turtle Light Press, in case you’re interested. At $12.50 it’s a steal, and some good reading.
I want to share some feedback I’ve received about The Deep End of the Sky, published last month by Turtle Light Press. I’ll share more comments as they come in.
Elizabeth Wells: “Thoroughly enjoyed “The Deep End of the Sky.” Gives one an intimate connection to the unfortunate vanishing of our prairies and family farms.”
Alan Summers: “Still keep pinching myself over this collection…probably the best I’ve seen in years, and I’ve read some outstanding ones.”
Robert Epstein: “Chad Lee Robinson’s poetry reflects the best that contemporary nature haiku has to offer.”
Thank you all for the positive feedback!
I am delighted to announce that Alan Summers has selected one of my entries to The With Words Summer Haiku Competition 2015 as Joint 1st Prize winner:
the Ferris wheel’s engine
Chad Lee Robinson
Congrats to Jan Dobb who also won first prize, and to the other winners as well. Big thank you to Alan and Karen at With Words. Click on the link in this post to read the contest results at Area 17, the blog of Alan Summers.
It seems more of the work I submitted to The With Words Summer Haiku Competition 2015 received Highly Commended and Commended awards as well. Yeehaw!