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.
One year ago this month Turtle Light Press released my contest-winning haiku collection The Deep End of the Sky. In that time the book has received many positive reviews in the haiku journals as well as some wonderful feedback from individuals all over the world. Looking back, I was fortunate to have Penny Harter choose this manuscript as winner, and to have Rick Black to guide me through the editing/publishing process. Thank you, guys, for all your help, and to everyone who bought a copy.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please see the BOOKS tab above for a list of places where it is sold.
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—
asking my father how it feels
to be a father
trail of leaves
the child’s plastic rake
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.
I am thrilled to announce that Turtle Light Press has released The Deep End of the Sky, my newest collection of haiku! The Deep End of the Sky is the winner of the 2014 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition. Penny Harter served as the contest judge. Here is the stunning cover:
You can head over to Turtle Light Press to order a copy and to read sample poems from the book plus some early praise from haiku heavyweights Billie Wilson, Marian Olson, Michael McClintock and Randy Brooks as well as South Dakota Poet Laureate David Allan Evans.
Special thanks to Penny Harter for selecting my manuscript, to my five “blurbers” above, and to Rick Black who has given so much of his time and energy and expertise to help make The Deep End of the Sky the amazing book that it is!
I hope that you will share this announcement with anyone who may be interested in The Deep End of the Sky. I’d also like to hear what you think about the book. Please share any feedback with me at jedirobinson (at) yahoo (dot) com. You can also write a review on Amazon.com as well!
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 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.
My blog’s title comes from the name of my forthcoming book The Deep End of the Sky. It’s a collection of haiku I’ve been working with off and on for quite a few years (at least seven). Every time I thought I might have enough good haiku for a collection, I’d sort through my work to try and piece something together, but I never had enough good ones to go in the direction I wanted. So I kept writing and publishing, and once in a while I’d sort through my work again to see if I could put something together. In 2011 I put together a little collection called Rope Marks that Snapshot Press published in 2012 as part of its eChapbook lineup. That’s when I knew I was getting close, that’s when I knew what I wanted was a book of haiku that has a sense of place. And for me that place is South Dakota. So in late 2013, early 2014 I put together the manuscript for The Deep End of the Sky, and sent it to the Turtle Light Press chapbook competition.
It was early October, and I was sitting at the kitchen table eating lunch when my cellphone rang. The voice on the other end was Rick Black of Turtle Light Press, letting me know that the contest judge, Penny Harter, chose The Deep End of the Sky as winner. Her commentary is outstanding. I won’t tell you what Penny said though. I’ll let you read it for yourself here: http://www.turtlelightpress.com/2014-tlp-haiku-chapbook-winner/
And if your interested in buying a copy for yourself or as a gift, you can pre-order it here: http://www.turtlelightpress.com/products/deep-end-sky/
I’ve got lots more to say about the book, so stay tuned . . .