New to the Haibun and Essays pages, respectively, are “The Red Leaves: Remembering Eric Amann,” a memorial haibun acknowledging the cofounder of the Haiku Canada organization, and “Watch Your Its,” a short essay about using words with antecedents carefully in haiku. Both pieces were just published in Haiku Canada Review.
I recently had two haibun published in Contemporary Haibun Online. Read “Punctum” and “Ginkaku-ji / 銀閣寺,” just added to the Haibun page. “Punctum” is dedicated to Jerry Kilbride, and won first place in the 2013 Jerry Kilbride Memorial English-Language Haibun Contest sponsored by the Central Valley Haiku Club in Sacramento, California. The other haibun is about Kyoto’s famous Silver Pavilion, which many consider to be the birthplace of traditional Japanese aesthetics.
In 2007, and again in 2014, I was fortunate to have haiku selected for Seattle's “Poetry on Buses” program, sponsored by 4Culture and King County's metro transit system, and featured at a reading at Moore Theatre in Seattle. My poems appeared on buses, online, and at RapidRide bus stations. Just added to the Digressions page is “Haiku on Buses 2014,” and you can also view “Haiku on Buses 2007.” The program is back again this year, with a submission deadline of 30 September 2016, with a theme of water.
NeoPoiesis Press. It’s also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and elsewhere. The book features my sequence of 63 “seven suns” poems, followed by Tanya’s sequence of 63 “seven moons” poems, forming a yin and yang of poetic surrealism. The book also includes two rengay and a kasen renku, as well as my afterword, which swims around with eyeball kicks and hydrogen jukeboxes. Tanya and I look forward to giving readings from the book in the near future.
Numerous small updates to the website recently, here and there. One is the addition of a couple of new haiku to the “Sprigs of Spring” page, available through the Haiku and Senryu page. Others are updates to the Appearances page, listing a few new events, and tweaks to my Bio and Links pages. And check out Matthew Rohrer’s “Poem Written with Issa [‘The kids fighting’],” just added to the ever-growing Poems About Haiku page.
Just added to the Rengay page are two rengay that appeared in the New Zealand journal Kokako. They are “Face to Face,” written with Kathabela Wilson aboard a catamaran returning from Catalina Island in Southern California, and “Going Places,” written with Deborah P Kolodji after my flight home from California to Seattle was cancelled. Take a look!
I was very pleased earlier this year to have my first publication in Kyoto Journal—and not with just one piece but two, which I’ve just added to this website. On the Essays page, look for “Finding the Sky.” And on the Reviews page, look for “Practicing Kindness,” my review of Mitsu Suzuki’s haiku collection, A White Tea Bowl. “Finding the Sky” is one of my favourite essays written in the last few years, about implication in haiku, so I especially hope you’ll check it out.
I’ve recently added a new postscript to my comments on the 1995 Haiku Poets of Northern California rengay contest results, available through the Reports and Postscripts pages, and have added numerous book covers to the Books page, including the cover of my forthcoming poetry book, Seven Suns / Seven Moons, cowritten with Tanya McDonald. More details on this collection of surreal haiku (or maybe not haiku) coming soon!