I finally got a copy of Beyond the Grave: Contemporary Afterlife Haiku (Middle Island Press, 2015), edited by Robert Epstein. Usually I submit previously published material to Robert Epstein’s anthologies, but this time I decided to try writing something brand new, in this case haiku about the afterlife. I was pleasantly surprised the editor chose four previously unpublished pieces, which you can read below. Many thanks to Robert Epstein for including my work in yet another of his anthologies.
turning over a stone the afterlife
shimmer of the afterlife
in its wings
some distant night
the crickets you hear
could be my heartbeat
all haiku above by Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in Beyond the Grave: Contemporary Afterlife Haiku (Middle Island Press, 2015)
Three anthologies have appeared recently, starting with Like the Pumpkins from The Befuddled Press. This anthology includes eight haiku on the theme of death. Letterpress on handmade paper by Scott Murphy. Here’s my contribution:
I am earth again
rain moving through the bluestem
by Chad Lee Robinson (originally published in Acorn #30, Spring 2013)
The other day I received a copy of Nest Feathers: Selected Haiku from the First 15 Years of The Heron’s Nest. This is definitely an anthology to own. Full color, glossy hardcover (no dust jacket) really makes the colors of the feathers pop. Reading through the selections (248 haiku from 145 poets) and it’s clear that this will be an anthology I’ll return to again and again. Most of the poets are represented by one or two haiku, and there are a fair amount of poets with three or four haiku each. But there are only three poets who are represented by five haiku: John Barlow, Peggy Willis Lyles, and me. The Heron’s Nest has published a number of my haiku that are among my very best, and I am truly honored and humbled to be included among such company. Here are two of my five in the anthology:
the soft click of marbles
on the kitchen floor
by Chad Lee Robinson (The Heron’s Nest volume 7, number 4, 2005)
the things we thought we needed
darken the garage
by Chad Lee Robinson (The Heron’s Nest volume 13, number 1, 2011)
And lastly, Robert Epstein has (finally!) released Beyond the Grave: Contemporary Afterlife Haiku (Middle Island Press). I just found it on Amazon.com today, so I don’t even have a copy yet, but it should have four brand new haiku that I wrote specifically for this anthology. Based on the preview on Amazon, this looks to be a great new anthology.
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—
of summer’s last days
The Heron’s Nest Volume X, Number 4: December, 2008
haiku by Chad Lee Robinson
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.
I want to share some feedback I’ve received about The Deep End of the Sky, published last month by Turtle Light Press. I’ll share more comments as they come in.
Elizabeth Wells: “Thoroughly enjoyed “The Deep End of the Sky.” Gives one an intimate connection to the unfortunate vanishing of our prairies and family farms.”
Alan Summers: “Still keep pinching myself over this collection…probably the best I’ve seen in years, and I’ve read some outstanding ones.”
Robert Epstein: “Chad Lee Robinson’s poetry reflects the best that contemporary nature haiku has to offer.”
Thank you all for the positive feedback!
I am happy to announce that the editor of Mariposa, journal of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, recently accepted a brand new haiku of mine for issue #32, due out this spring.
I will also have a new haiku in the spring issue of Acorn as well as four new haiku in Robert Epstein’s forthcoming anthology about the afterlife. And I mentioned before in my “Home Early” post that my forthcoming collection The Deep End of the Sky will have one previously unpublished haiku in it.
Even though it’s only mid-March, I am behind on my writing goals for the year, but I have some submissions still under consideration. If all goes well with those, I hope to be back on track by this time next month.
Just heard back from A Hundred Gourds, and I will have three new haiku in the June issue!
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 . . .
the sound of thunder
A beautiful book to have and show off. Here’s the cover:
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.