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.
I am pleased to announce the publication of two new haiku in A Hundred Gourds 5:3, June 2016.
This is the final issue of A Hundred Gourds. I am fortunate, and grateful, to have had so many poems published there over the last five years. Thank you, Lorin Ford, for providing a good home to some of my haiku.
Here is a list of all the issues of A Hundred Gourds that include my work.
setting sun …
a bird dog’s bark
empties the cattails
singing to me
a honey-do list –
haiku by Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in A Hundred Gourds 5:3, June 2016
A Hundred Gourds has been one of the best international haiku journals since it began five years ago. This June, the online journal will publish its final issue (5:3). I decided to pull a submission together one last time for a journal that has been very good to me. Tonight I heard from editor Lorin Ford that I will have two haiku in the final issue to appear in June. Here is a list of all the issues of A Hundred Gourds in which my work appears (25 poems in all, including the two pending publication in June):
A Hundred Gourds 1:1, December 2011 (4); A Hundred Gourds 2:1, December 2012 (5); A Hundred Gourds 3:1, December 2013 (3); A Hundred Gourds 3:2, March 2014 (3); A Hundred Gourds 3:4, September 2014 (3); A Hundred Gourds 4:3, June 2015 (3); A Hundred Gourds 5:1, December 2015 (2); A Hundred Gourds 5:3, June 2016 (2).
Grateful thanks to Lorin Ford for reading (and publishing) so much of my work over the years. I wish her and the rest of the editorial team all the best.
A Hundred Gourds has released its newest issue today, including two haiku of mine that you can read below. I hope these are enough to turn your attention to the rest of the issue. All you gotta do is click the link. Many thanks to Lorin Ford for accepting and publishing these.
first robin . . .
a baseball rolls out
of my glove
stick pony race
a butterfly changes
both by Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in A Hundred Gourds 5:1, December 2015
Look for two more new haiku in the December 2015 issue of A Hundred Gourds. Thanks Lorin Ford for the acceptances!