Today I set up a table to sell copies of The Deep End of the Sky at Korner Grocery, my father’s store here in Pierre. Turtle Light Press provided me with flyers and posters that I had printed up. I also had printed two business cards: one promoting this blog, and the other promoting my previous chapbook Rope Marks. Here is what it looks like:
I’m ready to send The Deep End of the Sky into the world.
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.
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 . . .