January and February Haiku News

A month and a half into 2018 already. I wish I could tell you that I’ve been writing my ass off. Unfortunately, I haven’t been writing much. Submission deadlines are coming and going, and I’ve got nothing. Despite the drought, I do have some news to share.

In early January the editors of The Heron’s Nest accepted a haiku of mine for the March issue.

kjmunro, editor of the new haiku column at The Haiku Foundation called windows, accepted and published a one-liner of mine for the very first installment of the column. The theme for that installment was the kitchen window.  Here is my contribution:

my mother in every kitchen window

I’ve also had two haiku reprinted. Late in 2017 a haiku of mine that appears in the essay 100 Years of Haiku in the United States: An Overview by Jim Kacian was published in a book of essays on the development of English-language haiku called American Haiku: New Readings (Lexington Books, 2017), edited by Toru Kiuchi.

one of the wolves
shows its face

The other reprint is a haiku from last year that appears in old song: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2017 (Red Moon Press, 2018). This haiku originally appeared in The Heron’s Nest:

prairie storm
the darkness disperses
as buffalo

On Valentine’s Day, The Heron’s Nest announced its Readers’ Choice Awards. The haiku I published in The Heron’s Nest in 2017 received enough votes to place me among “other popular poets”. Many thanks to those who gave my haiku some votes.

And finally, my very first chapbook of haiku, Pop Bottles, is now sold out. I will probably reprint it in some way in the future, but I haven’t yet made any decisions on that yet.

That’s all for now. Hopefully I can kickstart the writing and have some acceptances soon.

All poems copyright Chad Lee Robinson


Rewind: Haiku Highlights from 2017

It’s hard to believe 2017 is over. Each year seems to go by faster than the one before. It’s harder to believe that this is the third Rewind post I’ve written.

notebooks used in 2017

2017 was another successful year for my writing. I met all my writing goals by July, and even met my extended goals. I published 36 new poems in 2017 (31 haiku and senryu, and 5 tanka) in the following places: Acorn (1), Akitsu Quarterly (3), Frogpond (2), Golden Haiku Contest (1), Gusts (3), Haiku in the Workplace (9), Haikuniverse (1), hedgerow (3), The Heron’s Nest (5), Mariposa (2), Modern Haiku (1), Shamrock (4), and Stardust (1).

A good portion of my new material appeared in Jim Kacian’s column Haiku in the Workplace, which just recently ended. While I’m sad to see the column go, I hope the new one, Haiku Windows, edited by poet kjmunro, will be as inspiring.

One of my goals every year is to publish in one venue I’ve never published in before. In 2017, I had work published in two such places, Gusts, a tanka journal, and Stardust. I submitted to a couple of other journals I’ve not previously published in, but both of those submissions were rejected in their entirety.

In February I learned, much to my surprise, that a haiku I submitted to the Golden Haiku Contest received a runner-up award. In this contest, the winners and runners-up are printed on signs and placed in flowerbeds in certain neighborhoods of Washington D.C.. Due to one reason or another I can’t recall, I don’t think all of the chosen haiku made it out to the streets. If the pics of the haiku signs on the Golden Triangle website are any indication, then it seems my haiku did not make it to a flower bed. Despite this, I am still happy to have had a haiku chosen for a contest. In April, I was honored to have a haiku shortlisted for a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems. I am most certainly grateful.

I republished work in four different anthologies in 2017. The first was in dust devils: the Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016 (Red Moon Press, 2017), followed by on down the road: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2017 (edited by LeRoy Gorman), then The Wonder Code: Discover the Way of Haiku and See the World with New Eyes (Girasole Press, 2017, edited by Scott Mason), and finally They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku (Middle Island Press, 2017, edited by Robert Epstein).

Looking ahead to 2018, I will have a poem published in the year’s first issue of Frogpond. I have submitted the necessary info and poems to be a part of the Echoes 2 project, which will be a sort of update on all the haiku poets who have appeared in a volume of Red Moon Press’s A New Resonance series. Last July I began work on my fourth collection of haiku which carries the working title of The White Buffalo. I’m hoping this one won’t take ten years to put together like The Deep End of the Sky did! No matter what, it will be a long process, and I’ve only just begun.

Last September, it had been 15 years since I sat in that windowless classroom at South Dakota State University where David Allan Evans (then poet laureate of SD) wrote a haiku by Basho on the eraser board. I will always be grateful to Professor Evans for including haiku in his creative writing class. I was in the right place that day.

So this New Year’s Eve, where ever you are, raise a glass with me

to fifteen more . . .

Just a few favorites from 2017:

prairie storm
the darkness disperses
as buffalo

The Heron’s Nest XIX:3, September 2017

straightness of the bean rows–
a simple nod
from my father

Haiku in the Workplace: A Job Well Done (The Haiku Foundation, June 2017)

rustle of corn leaves–
fitting my son
for a new ball glove

The Heron’s Nest XIX:4, December 2017

All poems copyright Chad Lee Robinson

dust devils: The Red Moon Anthology Released

dustdevilsrma2016Red Moon Press has released dust devils: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016 which collects the best haiku and related writing published in 2016. I am delighted and honored to have two haiku included. The annual Red Moon Anthology series began with the 1996 volume, and dust devils is the 21st edition. I am fortunate to have had work voted into thirteen volumes of this award-winning series. Many thanks to Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Editorial Team. I would also like to thank Cherie Hunter Day and the members of the Route 9 Haiku Group for publishing these poems first.

Here are my two contributions to dust devils:

Indian summer
a childhood nickname
catches up with me

Upstate Dim Sum 2016/II


restringing fence wire–
the meadowlark’s song one post
ahead of the wind

Mariposa 35, Autumn/Winter 2016

Haiku Voted into Next Red Moon Anthology

I am very happy to share that the staff of the annual Red Moon Anthology series has voted to include two haiku of mine into the next Red Moon anthology titled dust devils. The goal of the Red Moon Anthology series is to gather the best haiku and related writing in one place for each calendar year. It is an honor to be included. Thanks Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Editorial Staff!

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

The Deep End of the Sky at Red Moon Press

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]Great news today: The Deep End of the Sky is now available for purchase at Red Moon Press! It’s exciting to watch my book slowly make its way into the world. With the help of Turtle Light Press, Red Moon Press, and a few local shops right here in Pierre, SD, lovers of haiku and poetry can enjoy The Deep End of the Sky. I will also mention that Red Moon Press has just released a handful of new haiku books, so if you’ve been waiting to buy a copy of The Deep End of the Sky, now you can get it along with some other brand new Red Moon Press titles. Here’s a link to read Alan Summers’ short but satisfying review of my book at Red Moon Press. Many thanks to Rick Black and Jim Kacian, and to all who’ve purchased a copy of The Deep End of the Sky.

FYI. You can still purchase The Deep End of the Sky from Turtle Light Press, The Book Depository, Amazon, or directly from me.

Twelve Red Moons

Red Moon anthologiesRed Moon Press recently released galaxy of dust, the 20th volume in its celebrated and award-winning series of Red Moon anthologies which attempt to collect the best English-language haiku and related forms published each calendar year. I am fortunate enough to have work included in the last 12 consecutive editions, from tug of the current to galaxy of dust. Grateful thanks to Jim Kacian at Red Moon Press and the many editors who have worked hard on these anthologies. Here are some of my haiku that have appeared in the Red Moon anthologies:

first fireflies
the things I forgot
I knew

cherry blossoms
the weightlifter attempts
a personal best

shooting star
the span of her hand
across my chest

8 seconds . . .
the bull rider opens
a hand to the sky

each throw
the paperboy
swerves a little

horsetail clouds—
a biker shrinks
into the open miles

all haiku above by Chad Lee Robinson

Rewind: Haiku Highlights from 2015

Notebooks used in 2015. The five small Moleskine's contain nothing but haiku and drafts of haiku. The six Field Notes notebooks contain some haiku and other writing.

Notebooks used in 2015. The five small Moleskine notebooks contain nothing but haiku and drafts of haiku. The six Field Notes notebooks contain some haiku and other jottings.

As each year comes to a close, I like to look back at what I accomplished with my haiku writing. This helps to settle any doubt as to what I got done over the last twelve months, and it helps me figure out where the writing is going, if anywhere, in the coming year.

I like facts and figures and lists. I like to arrange things in front of me. So I found it fun to make a list of the places I published work in 2015. But I didn’t stop there. I broke the list into more detailed lists: places where my work appeared for the very first time, places where work was reprinted. And then the figures: how many new poems did I publish this year, how many poems were reprinted, how many did I publish in this journal or that, how many poems are still awaiting publication, how many haiku and related poems have I published since I started writing them in 2002?

Information like this doesn’t really do me any good. I think it’s a mistake to try to compare one year’s figures to the next in an attempt to glean any useful information. I just find it fun to look at the numbers.

Despite the fact that 2015 is book-ended by droughts in my writing, I still managed to publish 40 new haiku. It’s been many years since I pulled off a number like that. So what does this mean to me? When I found myself writing, I was writing some good stuff, and a lot of it. I’m not sure it should mean anything more than that. As for the droughts, I can say with certainty the causes were/are busyness and laziness. I really shouldn’t call these intervals of little writing droughts because to me they’re more like a field left fallow for a season. These are intervals of renewal.

So let’s talk lists and numbers. I published 40 new haiku in 2015. I published those haiku in the following places: Acorn (1), Akitsu Quarterly (3), Beyond the Grave: Contemporary Afterlife Haiku (Middle Island Press) (4), bottle rockets (1 sequence of 5 haiku), cattails (2), The Deep End of the Sky (Turtle Light Press) (1), Frogpond (2), Frozen Butterfly (1), The Heron’s Nest (4), A Hundred Gourds (5), Mariposa (1), Modern Haiku (2), muttering thunder (2), Presence (2), Under the Basho (4), Wild Plum (1). Of these, the journals publishing my work for the very first time are: Akitsu Quarterly, cattails, Frozen Butterfly, Under the Basho, and Wild Plum.

I’m a big fan of getting my work reprinted. It’s a great way to get my writing in front of readers who may not have seen it the first time. 2015 was no exception. I had work reprinted in the following places: Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog (6), Nest Feathers: Selected Haiku from the First Fifteen Years of The Heron’s Nest (The Heron’s Nest) (5), A Vast Sky: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Tancho Press) (1), Haiku 2015 (Modern Haiku Press) (1), big data: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2014 (Red Moon Press) (1), Like the Pumpkins (The Befuddled Press) (1), A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology (Haiku Society of America) (1), EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration (The Haiku Foundation) (1), With Words Summer Haiku Competition (joint 1st place plus other highly commended and commended haiku).

On top of having 40 new poems find their way into the world (that’s the nuts and bolts of this whole operation), the most exciting publication of 2015 was The Deep End of the Sky, my third collection of haiku. With the help of Rick Black at Turtle Light Press, my third contest-winning collection was released last May and has received numerous positive reviews. Because of the publication of my book, I started this blog in January 2015 as a way to promote the book and my writing in general. I also joined Facebook with personal and writer profiles. Later in the year, I joined Twitter, but I have yet to pen my first tweet. A number of interviews with the Pierre Capital Journal resulted from the publication of The Deep End of the Sky as well as a reading I gave to the South Dakota Arts Council’s Tales on the River series in August. Yet another interview with Rick Black appeared a question or two at a time on Facebook in the fall.

And in addition to the writing and publishing, I completed my second year as a panelist for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards.

Fast Forward to 2016

In January, this blog will celebrate its first birthday. I am looking forward to my third and final year as a panelist for The Haiku Foundation’s Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards. On the publishing front, I have one new haiku awaiting publication in bottle rockets. And on Christmas Eve I received word from Jim Kacian that I will have a haiku reprinted in galaxy of dust: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2015 (Red Moon Press, 2016). Also, I plan on submitting The Deep End of the Sky to the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Awards.

I guess the only other thing will be to WRITE MY ASS OFF. Oh, and reach that major milestone I mentioned a couple times before. I am this close . . .


I’d like to say thanks to everyone who bought a copy or copies of The Deep End of the Sky, and also to the local shops who helped me sell copies: Korner Grocery, The Heritage Store at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and Museum, and Prairie Pages Bookseller. And thanks to those who took the time to check out this blog or one of my Facebook pages. I hope you keep coming back!

Jackie Robinson Day

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier in the Major Leagues since its segregation in 1889. To celebrate his life and legacy, Major League Baseball has designated April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day. I’d like to take this opportunity to share a few of my best haiku about baseball. Enjoy.


a ball field’s lights
shining through the trees

Frogpond XXVII:3, Fall 2004


long summer day—
spoke by spoke the baseball card
loses its rattle

Acorn 14, Spring 2005


ball field at dusk:
a boy playing alone
pretends the crowd goes wild

Frogpond XXX:3, Fall 2007


autumn rain
a baseball card softens
in the bicycle spokes

The Heron’s Nest IX:4, December 2007


Jackie Robinson Day
the give
of my glove

The Heron’s Nest XIV:3, September 2012


batting cage nets
catching only
the dawn wind

tinywords 12.1, 24 October 2012


one out away from summer’s end

Mariposa #30, Spring/Summer 2013


all seven of the above haiku by Chad Lee Robinson


If you are interested in reading more haiku about baseball, I recommend picking up a copy of Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written about the Game (W.W. Norton, 2007), edited by Cor van den Heuvel and Nanae Tamura. The first two haiku above are included in that anthology. You can also head over to The Haiku Foundation to read Play Ball: Baseball Haiku by Cor van den Heuvel (Red Moon Press, 1999) as well as Past Time: Baseball Haiku, edited by Jim Kacian and Cor van den Heuvel (Red Moon Press, 1999) for free in the digital library.

Recent anthology appearances

Red Moon Press has just released big data: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2014, the nineteenth volume in this annual best-of series. I am happy to say that I have a haiku included in its pages. The Red Moon Anthology series collects the best haiku and related writing from around the world written in English each calendar year.





Another one from Red Moon Press, Something Out of Nothing, showcases the sumi-e art of Ion Codrescu, one of the best sumi-e artists in the world. He turned one of my haiku into a haiga painting (the haiku originally appeared in bottle rockets and is collected in my second chapbook Rope Marks):

darkening sky . . .
horses gather
the sound of thunder

A beautiful book to have and show off. Here’s the cover:

Something Out of Nothing




Two more recent anthology appearances include Take-Out Window: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2014, edited by Gary Hotham; and The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku, edited by Robert Epstein, which reprints five of my haiku. Both of these anthologies are available from Amazon.com.

Take-Out Window




Sacred Haiku