Rewind: Haiku Highlights from 2016

I’ve been having a hard time saying what I want to say about 2016. I accomplished some great things with my haiku writing, but the echo of certain failures from year to year are starting to get to me. So I will do my best to keep any negative feelings I’m holding right now out of this highlight reel and keep this as straight forward as I can.

I published 38 new poems (37 haiku and senryu, and 1 tanka) in the following places: Acorn, Akitsu Quarterly, bottle rockets, Failed Haiku, Frogpond, Haikuniverse, hedgerow, The Heron’s Nest, A Hundred Gourds, Mariposa, Otata, Sonic Boom, Under the Basho, and Upstate Dim Sum.  Six of these places I published in for the first time in 2016: Failed Haiku, Haikuniverse, hedgerow, Otata, Sonic Boom, and Upstate Dim Sum.

I republished some poems this year in the following places: galaxy of dust: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2015 (Red Moon Press, 2016); naad anunaad: an anthology of contemporary world haiku (Vishwakarma Publications, 2016); Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2016 (Haiku Society of America, 2016), The Haiku Calendar 2017 (Snapshot Press, 2016); Charlotte Digregorio’s Writers’ Blog; and in two columns at The Haiku Foundation: Haiku in the Workplace and reVirals.

I did receive some awards in 2016. I had one winner and one runner-up in Snapshot Press’s Haiku Calendar Competition. It’s always an honor to be included in that one. Also I was one of the “other popular poets” in The Heron’s Nest Readers’ Choice Awards, and I had a poem in the “other popular poems” part of those same awards. And this one-liner of mine

in a rush to reach stillness whitewater

was shortlisted for a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems from The Haiku Foundation.

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On top of that, my book The Deep End of the Sky (Turtle Light Press, 2015) received second place in the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for 2016. Not too shabby.

 

 

Placing in the Merit Book Awards is definitely one I can cross off the haiku bucket list. But so is being the Route 9 Haiku Group’s guest poet in Upstate Dim Sum. When I scan the list of previous guest poets, I don’t really feel like I should be among such an outstanding group of haiku poets, but I am honored and grateful and excited to be there.

Looking forward to 2017, I have one haiku accepted for publication in Modern Haiku. And I have yet to find out if any of my work has been voted into the next Red Moon Anthology, so fingers crossed I will have work voted in.

I am grateful to (still) be writing and publishing. I appreciate every opportunity I had in 2016, and hope 2017 will bring many more haiku moments to share.

Happy New Year

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Haiku Books Make Great Gifts

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]It’s inevitable that between mouthfuls of turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie that someone asks for Christmas lists. If you’ll be buying for a lover of books, poetry, or haiku, The Deep End of the Sky may be of interest to you.

Winner of the 2014 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition, and published by Turtle Light Press in 2015, The Deep End of the Sky is a wonderfully rich collection of haiku about the landscape of the American prairie and what it means to live there. Upon its release, The Deep End of the Sky received a number of outstanding reviews (to read those, please click on the BOOKS tab above and scroll down to The Deep End of the Sky) written by masters of haiku: Randy Brooks, Michelle Root-Bernstein, an’ya, Sandra Simpson, Alan Summers, and others. And just this November, The Deep End of the Sky took second place in the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for books published in 2015, easily one of the most prestigious awards/honors my haiku writing has received in my nearly 15 years of publishing.

The Deep End of the Sky is available to order from multiple venues. Right now, you can take advantage of 10% off the cover price of $12.50 plus free shipping in the USA from Turtle Light Press’s store. You can also find it on Amazon, The Book Depository (this is especially helpful for those in other countries), and directly from me. If you are interested in ordering directly from me, you can reach me at jedirobinson (at) yahoo (dot) com or through this blog or on Facebook. If you are in Pierre, signed copies can be found at Korner Grocery, Prairie Pages Bookseller, and South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center’s Heritage Store.

Reviews and awards aside, The Deep End of the Sky really is a great book. The haiku were written over a ten-year period, and so the haiku I selected for this collection can be counted among my best pieces. Much of what the haiku are about are based on my family’s heritage and experiences in South Dakota, and so the collection is, at times, telling a personal story. Whether or not you’ve read my work before, you’ll more than likely find much to like, maybe even love, about The Deep End of the Sky.

Happy Holidays

The Deep End of the Sky On Sale Now!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]To celebrate The Deep End of the Sky‘s second place showing in the Haiku Society of America Merit Books Awards 2016, Turtle Light Press is running a limited-time only sale on the book – only $10.00 a copy! Plus Turtle Light Press offers free shipping in the US, so if you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy or you want to get some Christmas shopping done early, don’t hesitate to take advantage of this offer. If you find yourself in Turtle Light Press’s store, I hope you’ll take the time to check out their other books as well.

This offer is only available from Turtle Light Press.

Many thanks to Rick Black for running this promotion!

The Deep End of the Sky Recognized in HSA Merit Book Awards

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]The results of the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for 2016 were announced this morning in Ripples, the HSA’s monthly newsletter. I am more than pleased to say that The Deep End of the Sky, my contest-winning book of haiku published by Turtle Light Press in 2015, has been awarded second place. This is quite an honor, easily one of the biggest and most important awards my work has received in my nearly fifteen years in haiku. I am thankful and grateful to the Haiku Society of America, the contest judges (Joe McKeon and Naia), Rick Black and Turtle Light Press, and Penny Harter, but most importantly to my family for the inspiration and encouragement. More details for this year’s results, including commentary from the judges, are forthcoming online at the HSA website, and in a future issue of Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America.