Today marks the beginning of National Poetry Month. I hope at some point in April you enjoy a little poetry, be it haiku or otherwise. If it’s haiku you want, I got you covered.
March didn’t seem like a very active month for me, but looking at my list of things to mention, I didn’t do too bad at all. The month began with the publication of a haiku in The Heron’s Nest:
heat ripples . . .
the horse’s tongue scrapes
Publication of a one-liner followed in Frogpond:
taking me down a gravel road the blues man’s voice
From there I got two haiku accepted for publication in Mariposa #38, and two more accepted for publication in the June issue of The Heron’s Nest.
And yesterday, Snapshot Press released the results of The Haiku Calendar Competition 2018, and two of my previously published haiku received runner-up awards, and they will appear in the Haiku Calendar 2019. It is always a pleasure to be included in something from Snapshot Press. The content is always high quality, as is the production.
Many thanks to the editors of all the publications mentioned above.
The Haiku Calendar 2017 is now available from Snapshot Press. I am pleased to have two haiku in it, one winner for the month of May, and one runner-up for the month of April. Both of my haiku can also be found in my award-winning collection The Deep End of the Sky. According to Snapshot Press’s website, “The Haiku Calendar has appeared annually since the 2000 edition was published in 1999. Edited by John Barlow, and featuring haiku poets from around the world, the calendar continues a rich tradition exploring and celebrating the relevance of seasonal references in English-language haiku.” Many thanks to John Barlow for choosing my work for such a beautiful publication.
Winning haiku for the month of May, The Haiku Calendar 2017 (Snapshot Press)
Runner-up haiku for the month of April, The Haiku Calendar 2017 (Snapshot Press)
I am delighted to announce that I will have a haiku in the next issue of Frogpond 39:3, with thanks to interim editor Christopher Patchel and interim co-editor Joyce Clement.
Here are the places to watch for my work over the next couple months: Frogpond, Mariposa, The Heron’s Nest, the Haiku Society of America’s members’ anthology, and The Haiku Calendar 2017 from Snapshot Press.
More haiku news coming soon!
Snapshot Press has announced the results of The Haiku Calendar Competition 2016, and I am pleased to report that one of my haiku is the winner for the month of May, and another one of my haiku is a Runner-up for the month of April. To read the full list of winners and runners-up, go here.
The contest received a whopping 1,115 entries, and with only 52 spots to fill The Haiku Calendar 2017, this made for some stiff competition. The quality of the haiku that appear in any edition of The Haiku Calendar is quite high. So high, in fact, that I usually only submit every other year because it takes me that long to write a submission’s worth of material of that caliber.
Many thanks to John Barlow for selecting my work for The Haiku Calendar 2017.
Here is my winning haiku for the month of May:
all you’ll ever need to know
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 . . .