I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog this year. That’s not to mean I haven’t been actively writing and publishing and whatnot, it just means I got lazy and didn’t post any news with the exception of a post last April. There’s lots to catch up on, so here is my 2019 in haiku, the facts, the figures and a few thoughts for good measure.
I published eighteen haiku and related forms in 2019, and I fell short of my goal for the year which means I have to adjust my goal for 2020. No big deal, really. I set goals to help keep me writing and to stay focused. I try to keep my goals reasonable; 2019 was just a down year. Compared to what I’m used to, 2019’s eighteen poems is a bit disappointing. At any rate, I am grateful for every poem published, and for every opportunity. Here is a list of the journals my work appeared in and how many appeared in each one: Acorn (1), Chrysanthemum (2 tanka), The Cicada’s Cry (1), Failed Haiku (4), Haikuniverse (1), The Heron’s Nest (2), Mariposa (2), Modern Haiku (2), and Prune Juice (3).
I republished some work in five different anthologies in 2019. I had a haiku voted into a hole in the light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018 (Red Moon Press, 2019). Three haiku appeared in Local News: Poetry about Small Towns (MWPH Books, 2019). Five haiku appeared in All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (Middle Island Press, 2019). One haiku appeared in The Art of Reading and Writing Haiku: A Reader Response Approach (Brooks Books, 2019). And while it’s not really an anthology, I had one haiku appear in A History of Modern Haiku by Charles Trumbull (Modern Haiku Press, 2019).
I republished some other haiku in the following places: Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog (4x), reVirals 196 (The Haiku Foundation), and in the following Per Diem features (The Haiku Foundation): Parents and Their Kids (edited by Dave Read) and Death (edited by Anna Maris).
I received some awards in 2019 as well, including a couple mentions in The Heron’s Nest Readers’ Choice Awards for having a popular poem and for being a popular poet in 2018, and in March I also received an editors’ choice from The Nest editors for the following haiku:
a fog of breath . . .
And my haiku that appeared in The Cicada’s Cry Special Edition for Halloween was picked as editor’s choice:
room in my costume
for a snowsuit
In April, two of my haiku were honored in The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems for 2018. The first one was shortlisted (original publication in Mariposa), and the second one (original publication in Frogpond) was chosen as a winner of the prestigious Touchstone Award (click on the picture for a better view of the poem):
of a painted pony
One other notable activity was that I was a judge along with Dan Schwerin for the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Awards for books published in 2018.
All in all, 2019 was a good year for my writing. Many thanks to all the editors who read and considered my work.
Looking ahead to 2020, I’ve already had four senryu published in the January issue of Failed Haiku. I’ve got a haiku pending publication in the next issue of bottle rockets and another in the March issue of The Heron’s Nest. I’ve also got three new haiku (and five previously published ones) accepted for publication in the anthology Last Train Home, which is scheduled to appear sometime this year. 2020 is off to a great start. I hope I can keep it going.
All images and poems copyright Chad Lee Robinson.