Wanted: A Spot on Your Bookshelf

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]The Deep End of the Sky, my contest-winning collection of haiku from Turtle Light Press, has been available for a couple weeks now, and has received much positive feedback from readers. But for those who have not heard about the book or who haven’t yet shelled out their hard-earned cash for a copy, I want to share with you a little something I wrote about each of the four sections of the book including some sample haiku. Here are links to previous posts about each section: The Tractor’s Radio, Rows of Corn, Farm Lights and Home Early.

In case you need a little more convincing, consider some of these comments about the book:

“Chad Lee Robinson”s The Deep End of the Sky takes us deep into the heartland of America—and of ourselves. These small poems will take you on a journey through the vast expanses of the American prairie, where you will see, hear and feel the farm landscape and its connection to the cosmos.”  Penny Harter, Judge, 2014 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Contest

“Robinson has adapted the haiku form to an American Heartland and often rural setting. He is an alert and wise observer of such things as farm work, hunting and fishing. This is an outstanding collection of haiku by a young man who has mastered the form.”   David Allan Evans, Poet Laureate of South Dakota

“Chad Lee Robinson uses words the way Frederic Remington used brush and bronze. He beckons the reader not only to the vast landscapes of North America’s prairies, but also to the intimate center of human experience.”   Billie Wilson, Associate Editor, The Heron’s Nest

“A rising star out of the West, Chad Lee Robinson celebrates the Great Plains with a fresh, unique voice.  His approach to life is strong and direct, capturing the countryside and its denizens in language that reflects a deep passion for the world he inhabits, immersing the reader in poetry that stimulates the imagination, emotions, and intellect. With powerful images, The Deep End of the Sky sets a high bar for traditional haiku poets, establishing the benchmark for those who wish to convey the essence of place with empathy and heart.” Marian Olson, HSA Merit Book Award-winning author, Desert Hours

“Reading The Deep End of the Sky is to experience a symphony. Robinson’s symphony, however, is not achieved through any tumultuous coming together of violins, brass, and thunder. In four movements, this chapbook’s haiku achieve the effects of symphonic cohesion and completeness by other means—simplicity, elemental language, direct and vivid imagery. In the hands of a master, these qualities convey the small details of life, death, and the unceasing passage of time, with profound and quiet power. Robinson’s poems remind us of what matters.  And what matters is that we hear, see, touch and inhale the better part of our being in the company of their art.”  Michael McClintock, President, United Haiku and Tanka Society

“Robinson’s haiku capture that sense of unhurried time—the far reach of sky between farms and grain elevator towns. His haiku invite the reader to pause, stay awhile, and consider what it means and feels like to live on the prairie, not just drive across it on a highway.” Randy Brooks, professor of English and haiku expert at Millikin University

Here are four more haiku from The Deep End of the Sky not found in the links above:

my grandmother’s Bible—
every bookmark
an obituary

melon blossoms—
asking my father how it feels
to be a father

trail of leaves
the child’s plastic rake
missing teeth

ponies a pasture beyond
the last known color
in the twilight sky

I had the idea for this book back in 2004, and it took me the last ten years to write the haiku that are included in it. I am very proud of The Deep End of the Sky, and am grateful for the opportunity. I don’t think the book could’ve turned out any better. I would be honored if my book found a spot on your shelf.

If you’re intrigued, and you think you want to buy a copy, you have three options. You can order from Turtle Light Press. They charge $12.50 per copy with free shipping within the U.S.A. You can also order from Amazon.com for $12.50 per copy plus shipping. Alternatively, you can order directly from me. For $12.50 plus $2.50 shipping, you can have your very own signed copy of The Deep End of the Sky.

Questions, comments and orders can be sent to my email: jedirobinson (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Thank you.

Book News and Sampler

I heard from Rick Black at Turtle Light Press today with some exciting news: he has finished a handful of tweaks and adjustments based on the first proof of The Deep End of the Sky, and he has just ordered a second proof!

So with the publication of The Deep End of the Sky just around the corner, I thought it would be convenient to bring all of my previous posts exploring The Deep End of the Sky into one place for easy access and hopefully to peak your interest once more.

The Tractor’s Radio

Rows of Corn

Farm Lights

Home Early

The Deep End of the Sky was selected by Penny Harter as winner of the 2014 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition, and is scheduled to be published by Turtle Light Press this spring. The book can be pre-ordered from Turtle Light Press here. Shipping is free within the U.S.

Home Early

This is the fourth in a four-part series exploring the seasonal sections of my forthcoming haiku collection The Deep End of the Sky.

The Deep End of the Sky was the winner of the 2014 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition, and is scheduled for release in late spring or summer of 2015.

Originally called “Shiver”, “Home Early” is the title of the winter section of The Deep End of the Sky. This section is the longest of the collection, clocking in at 14 haiku. It had 11 haiku in the original manuscript, but it was agreed upon  that the collection would be stronger by making “Home Early” slightly longer to bring the reader out of winter, which can be long in South Dakota (I have seen snow as early as October and as late as May), and into spring, or at least hint at the coming of spring.

As the section title suggests, many of the haiku found here are more introspective than in previous sections.

my body thinner these days I hear more of the wind

cleaning out
the dryer’s lint trap—
winter solitude

hunter’s retreat
the Christmas tree made from
racks of antlers

Despite the lingering cold and snow, spring always comes. Sometimes it’s just slow to start. When spring does come, so does the work. So does the fishing:

a line of rods
ready with lures
morning light

The last poem of this section, and ultimately of the collection, is a brand new, previously unpublished haiku. I won’t show it to you here though. I don’t want to spoil the ending.

Now that you’ve read about The Deep End of the Sky, how about pre-ordering a copy of the real thing. If you can relate to the poems, if it seems like a book you’d enjoy, please visit Turtle Light Press here. It’s $12.50 per copy with free shipping in the US.

Farm Lights

This is the third in a four-part series exploring the seasonal sections of my forthcoming haiku collection The Deep End of the Sky.

“Farm Lights” is the title of the autumn section of The Deep End of the Sky, my forthcoming collection of haiku from Turtle Light Press. “Farm Lights” contains 11 haiku and takes the reader into the work of harvest and chores before the onset of winter.

apple scent . . .
flecks of harvest dust
float in the wine

farm lights
halo the horizon
autumn dusk

“Farm Lights” also includes haiku about hunting. The opening of pheasant season in October in South Dakota is a huge attraction for hunters of all kinds from all over the world.

pink sky
a pheasant falls through
the gunshot’s echo

sunset clouds
the decoy’s touch-ups
in a different hue

This section also boasts the inclusion of one of my most recognized haiku:

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

Some of this haiku’s awards and honors include The Heron’s Nest Award, a Touchstone Award for Individual Haiku from The Haiku Foundation, and inclusion in Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W.W. Norton, 2013).

As in previous sections, there are a few haiku about family but not as many. There is one that I would like to end with that was not part of the original manuscript, but was later added in place of another haiku.

trail of leaves
the child’s plastic rake
missing teeth

If you have enjoyed the haiku in this post, and in my previous posts “The Tractor’s Radio” and “Rows of Corn”, then you should think about getting a copy of my forthcoming collection The Deep End of the Sky. You can pre-order it from Turtle Light Press for $12.50 with free shipping in the US. It is scheduled for release in late spring/summer 2015.