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!
A new essay on the Essays and Rengay pages is “Give Rengay a Try,” recently published in Makoto, the European Haiku Society journal, and in Cinquesettecinque, the Italian Haiku Association haiku blog. The blog posting appears in an Italian translation by Luca Cenisi. Also included, in English and Italian, is “Recess Bell,” a rengay by me and Garry Gay. So yes, why not give rengay a try? It’s a short, six-verse collaborative poem that develops a central theme using three-line and two-line haiku.
Just added to the Trifolds page is “Shipping the Oars,” a set of 23 haiku and senryu published in 2015 and 2016, arranged in a loosely seasonal progression. You can view or download this collection on the Trifold Downloads page, where I also have numerous other trifold flyers of haiku and other poetry for you to enjoy. I make these trifolds to hand out at various poetry events, and I made this latest one for the August 2016 Haiku Society of America national meeting in Portland, Oregon. If you download a copy or print one out, please let me know!
Just added to my “Metaphor in Haiku” essay (available from the Essays and Postscripts pages) is a new postscript about an ice cream poem by Tanya McDonald with an effective metaphor. Meanwhile, the Appearances page sports a few new events I have scheduled for this fall, and I’ve added a link to “Defining Haiku: A Place to Start” on the Essays page. Also look for a new lagniappe (the + sign) on the Quotations page. And yes, there’s more. On “Whole Lotta Nothing” (on my page dedicated to Nothing), look for the new video and three lagniappe links to Nothing . . . Arizona.