Since my last post at the end of September, I had a haiku accepted for the December issue of The Heron’s Nest. Many thanks to the editors for selecting my work.
I have also had a couple poems published in the Haiku in the Workplace column written and edited by Jim Kacian for The Haiku Foundation. One appeared under the theme of “dawn in the office”:
the tractor’s seat
warms up to me
And just today, this one was published under the theme “in the stationery cupboard”:
in the stationery closet
Many thanks to Jim Kacian for selecting my work for his column.
And an old poem of mine appeared on Chen-ou Liu’s NeverEnding Story blog as part of a Canadian Thanksgiving special feature. I only wish he had asked my permission before using my work. This one first appeared many years ago in Simply Haiku:
a turkey pot pie
in the microwave
All poems above are by Chad Lee Robinson
September has shaped up to be a pretty good month for haiku. Cherie Hunter Day accepted two poems for this fall’s issue of Mariposa. Jim Kacian published another one of my poems written in response to the “sick day” prompt for his weekly column Haiku in the Workplace over at the Haiku Foundation.
at a rummage sale
the one who called in sick
The summer print issue (#120) of hedgerow: a journal of small poems has finally been published, and I am pleased to have this poem included (with thanks to editor Caroline Skanne for the selection):
of her back . . .
And this week I received my copy of the Haiku Society of America’s members’ anthology on down the road edited by LeRoy Gorman. He selected this one of mine that was originally published in Mariposa:
restringing fence wire–
the meadowlark’s song one post
ahead of the wind
Many thanks to all the editors and publishers!
All poems above by Chad Lee Robinson
Glad to have another poem included in Jim Kacian’s Haiku in the Workplace column. This week’s theme: the broken air conditioner. With thanks to Jim, here is my contribution:
what the math
boils down to
Pleased to have a haiku in this week’s Haiku in the Workplace column, written and edited by Jim Kacian. This week’s theme: a job well done. With thanks to Jim, here is my contribution:
straightness of the bean rows–
a simple nod
from my father
haiku by Chad Lee Robinson
I am pleased to announce that I have had another haiku published in Jim Kacian’s Haiku in the Workplace column just today. The theme this time around is “the first day at the new job.” With thanks to Jim, here is my offering:
first day at the new job–
a rubber spider
in the desk drawer
Recent acceptances include haiku and tanka that will appear in three separate issues of hedgerow: a journal of small poems. Many thanks to Caroline Skanne!
Another edition of Jim Kacian’s Haiku in the Workplace column is up today at The Haiku Foundation, and I am pleased to have a senryu included. This week’s theme is “the team meeting”. Many thanks to Jim Kacian and The Haiku Foundation for including my work yet again. Here is my contribution:
all hands in
the box of donuts
senryu by Chad Lee Robinson
The Haiku Foundation and The Touchstone Award for Individual Poems Committee have announced their shortlist this morning, and I am thrilled to have a poem included. The committee received 660 nominations, which appears to be the most it’s ever received in its seven-year history, and from those chose 29 for the shortlist. Here is mine:
restringing fence wire–
the meadowlark’s song one post
ahead of the wind
Chad Lee Robinson, originally published in Mariposa 35, 2016
Many thanks to the Touchstone Award for Individual Poems Committee and The Haiku Foundation, as well as to Cherie Hunter Day for this haiku’s original publication in Mariposa. And a big congrats to the other poets on the shortlist. The winners will be announced on April 17, International Haiku Poetry Day!
Today, Saturday, April 1st, kicks off National Poetry Month, 30 days dedicated to celebrating poetry. I hope you will participate at some point during the month, even if only in a small way. You can celebrate in a number of ways, such as by reading a poem a day, or by writing one, or by buying a book of poetry which you could do at your local book shop (the book could even be by a local poet), or by celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27 when you can carry a favorite poem with you and share it with family and friends and coworkers. Head over to the website for the Academy of American Poets to read 30 ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month. But let’s not forget the most important day during National Poetry month: International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17th. Click the link to read about ways you can participate in haiku activities near you, courtesy of The Haiku Foundation.
What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than by announcing the publication of brand new poems. I am pleased to share that I have three new tanka published in the spring/summer issue (#25) of Gusts, the official publication of Tanka Canada. This is my first appearance in Gusts. Many thanks to the editors. Here are two of those tanka:
a song from my youth . . .
on the strength
of old feelings
I bench press
a personal best
in my son’s dream
I am the monster . . .
for everyone else
the day’s darkness
is rain clouds
And if that isn’t exciting enough, I am pleased to announce that Chris Patchel, editor of Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America, recently accepted two haiku for issue 40.2, Summer 2017. Also, the spring issue of Acorn: a journal of contemporary haiku should be released in April which will include a haiku by yours truly. Many thanks to the editors of these journals.
Let’s get celebrating!
Jim Kacian’s weekly column Haiku in the Workplace continues over at The Haiku Foundation. I am delighted to have a brand new haiku included in this week’s column which is all about the boss’s spouse. Here is my contribution:
to hear the hired hand
talk about horses . . .
the boss’s wife
Many thanks to Jim Kacian for including my poem. If you’re looking for a fun and interesting read, check out this column every Wednesday at The Haiku Foundation.
Pop Bottles, my first chapbook of haiku published by True Vine Press in 2009, is the book of the week at The Haiku Foundation. You can read it online or you can download it, all for free from The Haiku Foundation’s digital library.
Pop Bottles won the 2009 True Vine Press Chapbook contest. Chapbook manuscripts were to have a summer theme. Judges were an’ya, Gary Hotham and Tony Thompson. According to my notes, the contest received more than 50 entries. For the win, I received $20.00 plus 20 copies of the chapbook (cha-ching!). Due to an error in the opening haiku, which was corrected, I received another 25 copies. Other finalists were Michael McClintock, Sandra Simpson, Elliot Nicely and Darrell Lindsey. Original cover art by Ron Moss.
Shortly after the publication of Pop Bottles, True Vine Press ceased operations which included closing the doors to Wisteria, a haiku, senryu and tanka journal edited by Tony Thompson. I don’t know how many copies of Pop Bottles were ultimately printed, but it’s probably safe to say that there weren’t many more copies than the 45 I ended up with. Over the years I’ve either sold or given away almost all the copies I have. So, if you are one of the lucky few who owns a copy, hang on to it. Keep it in a protective sleeve like your favorite baseball card. Personally, I keep my remaining copies in a fire and water proof vault that requires both fingerprint and retinal scans to gain entry. Seriously though, I am excited that Pop Bottles is in front of a much bigger audience than its original print run. So many more people will be able to enjoy it now.
Thanks to The Haiku Foundation, Jim Kacian, and THF librarian Garry Eaton for including my chapbook in the digital library and for featuring it as book of the week.