New Haiku Released

Five new haiku of mine have been released recently. Here they are for your reading pleasure:

evening glow—
little leaguers line up
to shake hands

river snags in my lineage

originally published in Modern Haiku 46.3, Autumn 2015.

Valentine’s Day—
she orders a salad
then eats my fries

old blue car—
I search the glovebox
for my father

originally published in Presence 53, October 2015.

rain comes slow to learn my place

originally published in Frozen Butterfly, issue 3, October 2015 (click on the link to hear me read my haiku which is the first one in the issue).

All five haiku above are written by Chad Lee Robinson.

Many thanks to the editors for publishing my work!

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Two More Book Reviews

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]A review of The Deep End of the Sky recently appeared in the autumn issue of Modern Haiku. Randy Brooks has written two reviews in one, discussing my book alongside Marilyn Appl Walker’s new book Listening to the Sky since they are both about the plains.

It’s an excellent review of both books, but here are a few quotes about mine:

“I am glad to report that Chad Lee Robinson and Marilyn Appl Walker have both succeeded at expressing the unique nature of living on the high plains and done so with carefully crafted American haiku that will be enjoyed by natives as well as those who imaginatively travel to the prairie as readers.”

“Several of Chad Lee Robinson’s haiku excel at expressing a sense of solitude and acceptance of things beyond the self. In these haiku he captures that sense of wonder–that deep end of the sky[.]”

“In a final haiku by Robinson:

a farmer sets
the curve of his cap
prairie skyline

we see the farmer adjusting his view to match the curve of the horizon. He is looking out into the distance of the prairie, aware of its grand reach. He sees the skyline, its darkness, its promise, its history, and he is ready to be part of it. He is in tune with the heavens and earth of the great plains.”

Across the pond, Matthew Paul has reviewed The Deep End of the Sky for Presence 53 (published this October), Britain’s leading journal of haiku and related forms. Here are a couple quotes:

“Awareness of the land and what it can yield, and of the haiku tradition, is rooted throughout the collection but not to the extent where it would become wearying to read. The book is very well edited so it is thematically grouped without becoming repetitive. It’s also much the better for not being over-stuffed with haiku and gives reins to Robinson’s deceptively simple style, which is easy on the eye and the ear, particularly the latter: his poems almost always sound perfectly balanced[.]”

“In all, the book confirms the promise Robinson showed in his 2012 Snapshot Press e-chapbook Rope Marks and puts him among the best English-language haiku poets writing today.”

Many thanks to the reviewers and to the journals for publishing these reviews. I am grateful for all the good press surrounding The Deep End of the Sky. Good stuff, indeed!

Looking Ahead

Originally I started this post by looking back over my writing activity for 2015, but decided that that post will be better suited for the end of the year. So I’m looking ahead at what the rest of 2015 may bring.

I recently submitted new haiku to two of the best haiku journals around, and am optimistic that I will have some of that work accepted for publication. I am also currently waiting to hear back about yet another submission that’s been floating around my submissions folder for three and a half months! I typically don’t submit to publications or contests that take so long to respond as I don’t like waiting such a long time for a decision. I like quicker turnaround. If the work is good I want it published or at least accepted for publication as soon as possible. Anyway, I am hoping to hear back on that one by the end of this week. Of course, all of this is leading up to a major milestone, at least for me. The milestone won’t mean much to anyone else but me. I’ll explain what I mean when it happens.

Aside from hearing the results of recent submissions, I will have work in a couple forthcoming anthologies: Nest Feathers (from The Heron’s Nest, scheduled for release in October) and an anthology of haiku about the afterlife (edited by Robert Epstein, no release info available yet). As for journals, I have haiku forthcoming in Modern Haiku, muttering thunder, Presence, and Frozen Butterfly.  I will probably put together one or two more submissions which will go out in October and/or November. I get busy at work for the holidays, so the writing slows down. December is usually too busy to worry about submissions.

I’m also looking forward to The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards. I have been on the panel of judges for two years, so this year will be my last. I am looking forward to reading many haiku books I may not otherwise get to read.

Since summer is almost at an end, I’d like to leave you with this:

old blue car—
the ease
of summer’s last days

The Heron’s Nest Volume X, Number 4: December, 2008

haiku by Chad Lee Robinson

Wild Plum and Other News

Check out my new haiku in the just-released Wild Plum 1:2, Fall & Winter 2015. Many thanks to the editor for selecting my work.

In other news I have answered some interview questions for Rick Black at Turtle Light Press, the publisher of my book of haiku The Deep End of the Sky. Look for those to appear one or two at a time on Turtle Light Press’s Facebook page in the near future.

Other than that all’s quiet on the haiku front. I’ve been writing, but I haven’t been happy with hardly any of it lately. But I may have enough other good ones for a submission or two in September. In the meantime, I’m waiting to hear back on a couple other haiku submissions, so fingers crossed for good news from both.

Looking head I have work forthcoming in Modern Haiku, muttering thunder, Presence, bottle rockets, and an anthology about the afterlife edited by Robert Epstein.

Acceptances at Presence

I haven’t sent out any submissions in a little more than a month, but I recently submitted to Presence, a respected haiku journal in the UK. I published a couple haiku in Presence back in 2006 under a guest editor, and I haven’t appeared there since then. But I’m happy to say that I will have two senryu in the next issue, number 53. I’m glad to be back in its pages.