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.

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.

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!

Review Number 4

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]The Deep End of the Sky has a fourth review on Amazon. Please take a look. All four reviews are very short, so it won’t take much time to read them. I am grateful to those who have purchased the book and written a review. Little by little The Deep End of the Sky is making its way . . .

An Anthology and a Review

I noticed another 5-star review on Amazon, so now there’s three of them! Many thanks to those who’ve picked up a copy of The Deep End of the Sky as well as to those who have written reviews or mentioned it somewhere. I very much appreciate any help in getting the word out about the book.

Haiku2015Cover-smallI received Haiku 2015 in the mail today, the newest anthology edited by Scott Metz and Lee Gurga, published by Modern Haiku Press. I have a haiku in it, and am humbled and grateful to be included. Scott and Lee are both fine haiku poets and editors. Their work should be in the library of any serious haiku poet. Haiku 2015 is a great addition to Haiku 2014 and Haiku 21, both of which are award-winning anthologies from the same editorial team.

the pill I’m told to swallow
has a name
like a remote moon

by Chad Lee Robinson, is/let September 18, 2014

A New Review

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]There’s a new review up of The Deep End of the Sky on Sandra Simpson’s blog Breath. Sandra lives and writes in New Zealand, and is very familiar with farms and the countryside. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s written a wonderful review of my book. Here is a sample paragraph from the review:

“The wraparound cover image is perfect and the typeface, paper and internal images give the book something of a vintage feel. The haiku aren’t old-fashioned in the sense that they use well-worn images or the language of past decades. No, they’re old-fashioned in the best sense of having integrity, honesty, character and wisdom.” —Sandra Simpson

Very nice words. Many thanks, Sandra!

Inventory and a Five-Star Review

The Deep End of the Sky has been selling well at Korner Grocery, and just yesterday I received another big box of copies in the mail. So if you’ve been thinking about ordering a copy from me now is a good time.

The Deep End of the Sky has received its first review on Amazon, and it’s been rated five stars! Reviews and feedback on the book have been very positive. Much appreciated!