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!

Wanted: A Spot on Your Bookshelf

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]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—
every bookmark
an obituary

melon blossoms—
asking my father how it feels
to be a father

trail of leaves
the child’s plastic rake
missing teeth

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.

Thank you.

Turtle Light Press Releases The Deep End of the Sky

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:

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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!

Enjoy!