Review in Haiku Canada Review

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]Haiku Canada Review published a short but sweet review of The Deep End of the Sky in its October 2015 issue. Guy Simser has a number of good things to say about the book, such as:

“His refreshingly short and plain haiku have been carefully constructed with a minimal amount of affected input. It is not hard when reading them to want to scrape mud off your boots[.]”

“Chad’s book takes you through the traditional seasonal path starting in spring. Visually, the volume is book-ended by haiku relating to the prairie sky. The subject matter is pastoral, work sweat and tears, with suggestions of reverence.”

“This book is a keeper for those interested in heart of a man in the heart of his country.”

Guy Simser also has good things to say about Rick Black and Turtle Light Press as well as the Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition.

Many thanks to Guy Simser and Haiku Canada Review for the good review, and to Rick Black for sharing the review with me.

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Two More Book Reviews

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]A review of The Deep End of the Sky recently appeared in the autumn issue of Modern Haiku. Randy Brooks has written two reviews in one, discussing my book alongside Marilyn Appl Walker’s new book Listening to the Sky since they are both about the plains.

It’s an excellent review of both books, but here are a few quotes about mine:

“I am glad to report that Chad Lee Robinson and Marilyn Appl Walker have both succeeded at expressing the unique nature of living on the high plains and done so with carefully crafted American haiku that will be enjoyed by natives as well as those who imaginatively travel to the prairie as readers.”

“Several of Chad Lee Robinson’s haiku excel at expressing a sense of solitude and acceptance of things beyond the self. In these haiku he captures that sense of wonder–that deep end of the sky[.]”

“In a final haiku by Robinson:

a farmer sets
the curve of his cap
prairie skyline

we see the farmer adjusting his view to match the curve of the horizon. He is looking out into the distance of the prairie, aware of its grand reach. He sees the skyline, its darkness, its promise, its history, and he is ready to be part of it. He is in tune with the heavens and earth of the great plains.”

Across the pond, Matthew Paul has reviewed The Deep End of the Sky for Presence 53 (published this October), Britain’s leading journal of haiku and related forms. Here are a couple quotes:

“Awareness of the land and what it can yield, and of the haiku tradition, is rooted throughout the collection but not to the extent where it would become wearying to read. The book is very well edited so it is thematically grouped without becoming repetitive. It’s also much the better for not being over-stuffed with haiku and gives reins to Robinson’s deceptively simple style, which is easy on the eye and the ear, particularly the latter: his poems almost always sound perfectly balanced[.]”

“In all, the book confirms the promise Robinson showed in his 2012 Snapshot Press e-chapbook Rope Marks and puts him among the best English-language haiku poets writing today.”

Many thanks to the reviewers and to the journals for publishing these reviews. I am grateful for all the good press surrounding The Deep End of the Sky. Good stuff, indeed!

Prairie Pages

Prairie Pages 1 Prairie Pages 2The Deep End of the Sky is now being sold at Prairie Pages, a small bookstore on historic Pierre Street here in Pierre.  See my poster in the storefront window? So if you happen to be in the area, stop in and buy a copy.

Let’s not forget that The Deep End of the Sky is also sold at Korner Grocery and the Heritage Store at the SD Historical Society Foundation/Cultural Heritage Center (unfortunately the book isn’t for sale in the Historical Society’s online store), both here in Pierre. In addition, you can also buy from Turtle Light Press, Amazon.com (read the great reviews here as well), Book Depository (if you’re overseas), or from me personally (see the books tab above).

Thank you to the staff at all locations selling The Deep End of the Sky. I appreciate any help in getting my haiku out into the world.

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Haiku books make great Christmas gifts. Just sayin’.

Interview with Turtle Light Press

Rick Black at Turtle Light Press posted questions from an interview with me about haiku on Facebook recently. Since the interview is now concluded he has posted it in its entirety on Turtle Light Press’s blog. So if you missed it on Facebook, go take a look, and if you’re so inclined please check out the books and other items in their shop. I have many of TLP’s haiku books and I can say with certainty that they are all excellent reads.

Thank you to Rick Black for conducting the interview and posting each question on Facebook, and to Alan Summers and Tom Clausen for adding some questions at the end.

My contest-winning collection of haiku The Deep End of the Sky is still available from Turtle Light Press, in case you’re interested. At $12.50 it’s a steal, and some good reading.

Interview and Frozen Butterfly

My interview with Turtle Light Press started yesterday on Facebook.  I hope you’ll follow along as it unfolds . . .

First email in my inbox this morning was from fellow haiku poet John McManus who has selected a haiku of mine to appear in the third issue of Frozen Butterfly due out this fall. This will mark my first appearance in this journal. Frozen Butterfly is the first English-language video haiku journal. Each issue can be viewed on YouTube (I don’t have any work in issue one or two). Since it’s a video journal, that means that readers get to hear many of the poets reading their own haiku, which is always fun and insightful. Many thanks to John for selecting my work!

Wild Plum and Other News

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.

On a Roll

This morning I heard from the editor of Modern Haiku who has accepted two haiku from my recent submission. This means I have reached all my writing goals for the year, and it’s only July! This is very unusual as I tend to pace myself in order to make my goals more manageable and to not put too much pressure on myself to write more than I am able or have time for. Not only that, I also do it to try to eliminate unnecessary disappointment. Writing, and finding time for it, is hard enough as it is. I don’t need to make it harder. Anyway, this year my writing has been a bit more like it was when I I first started publishing haiku. This year I’ve written enough material to allow me to submit widely, and often. I have placed haiku in all the usual, top-notch journals plus a couple new ones. I’ve had work published in Acorn, Akitsu Quarterly, Frogpond, Mariposa, The Heron’s Nest, A Hundred Gourds, and more work is forthcoming in bottle rockets, Modern Haiku, muttering thunder and Wild Plum. All of this on top of seeing my contest-winning collection The Deep End of the Sky published by Turtle Light Press. Any new work that’s accepted now through the end of 2015 is just icing on the cake, and will bring me closer to a major milestone (for me, anyway). I won’t say what that is until it happens. I don’t want to jinx it. But for now it seems I’m on a roll.

Attention: Overseas Fans

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]Great news! For those of you who live overseas and are interested in buying a copy of The Deep End of the Sky but don’t want to pay high shipping costs, you now have another option. The book is now available at http://www.bookdepository.com for $12.85 with free delivery worldwide.

Did I mention the Book Depository is offering free delivery worldwide? You have no excuse  to not buy a copy. Buy it. Then let me know how much you enjoyed it so I can tell you I told you so.

You can thank Rick Black at Turtle Light Press for making this happen.

Happy reading!

Praise for The Deep End of the Sky

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!

Wanted: A Spot on Your Bookshelf

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00006]The Deep End of the Sky, my contest-winning collection of haiku from Turtle Light Press, has been available for a couple weeks now, and has received much positive feedback from readers. But for those who have not heard about the book or who haven’t yet shelled out their hard-earned cash for a copy, I want to share with you a little something I wrote about each of the four sections of the book including some sample haiku. Here are links to previous posts about each section: The Tractor’s Radio, Rows of Corn, Farm Lights and Home Early.

In case you need a little more convincing, consider some of these comments about the book:

“Chad Lee Robinson”s The Deep End of the Sky takes us deep into the heartland of America—and of ourselves. These small poems will take you on a journey through the vast expanses of the American prairie, where you will see, hear and feel the farm landscape and its connection to the cosmos.”  Penny Harter, Judge, 2014 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Contest

“Robinson has adapted the haiku form to an American Heartland and often rural setting. He is an alert and wise observer of such things as farm work, hunting and fishing. This is an outstanding collection of haiku by a young man who has mastered the form.”   David Allan Evans, Poet Laureate of South Dakota

“Chad Lee Robinson uses words the way Frederic Remington used brush and bronze. He beckons the reader not only to the vast landscapes of North America’s prairies, but also to the intimate center of human experience.”   Billie Wilson, Associate Editor, The Heron’s Nest

“A rising star out of the West, Chad Lee Robinson celebrates the Great Plains with a fresh, unique voice.  His approach to life is strong and direct, capturing the countryside and its denizens in language that reflects a deep passion for the world he inhabits, immersing the reader in poetry that stimulates the imagination, emotions, and intellect. With powerful images, The Deep End of the Sky sets a high bar for traditional haiku poets, establishing the benchmark for those who wish to convey the essence of place with empathy and heart.” Marian Olson, HSA Merit Book Award-winning author, Desert Hours

“Reading The Deep End of the Sky is to experience a symphony. Robinson’s symphony, however, is not achieved through any tumultuous coming together of violins, brass, and thunder. In four movements, this chapbook’s haiku achieve the effects of symphonic cohesion and completeness by other means—simplicity, elemental language, direct and vivid imagery. In the hands of a master, these qualities convey the small details of life, death, and the unceasing passage of time, with profound and quiet power. Robinson’s poems remind us of what matters.  And what matters is that we hear, see, touch and inhale the better part of our being in the company of their art.”  Michael McClintock, President, United Haiku and Tanka Society

“Robinson’s haiku capture that sense of unhurried time—the far reach of sky between farms and grain elevator towns. His haiku invite the reader to pause, stay awhile, and consider what it means and feels like to live on the prairie, not just drive across it on a highway.” Randy Brooks, professor of English and haiku expert at Millikin University

Here are four more haiku from The Deep End of the Sky not found in the links above:

my grandmother’s Bible—
every bookmark
an obituary

melon blossoms—
asking my father how it feels
to be a father

trail of leaves
the child’s plastic rake
missing teeth

ponies a pasture beyond
the last known color
in the twilight sky

I had the idea for this book back in 2004, and it took me the last ten years to write the haiku that are included in it. I am very proud of The Deep End of the Sky, and am grateful for the opportunity. I don’t think the book could’ve turned out any better. I would be honored if my book found a spot on your shelf.

If you’re intrigued, and you think you want to buy a copy, you have three options. You can order from Turtle Light Press. They charge $12.50 per copy with free shipping within the U.S.A. You can also order from Amazon.com for $12.50 per copy plus shipping. Alternatively, you can order directly from me. For $12.50 plus $2.50 shipping, you can have your very own signed copy of The Deep End of the Sky.

Questions, comments and orders can be sent to my email: jedirobinson (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Thank you.