My page about Nothing has a new Something. It’s “Antonio Porchia on Nothing,” a collection of aphoristic quotations from this Argentine poet, also available through the Poems by Others page. Other additions are updates of my Appearances page, John Moffitt’s “To Look at Any Thing” added to the Poems About Haiku page, and a list of places I’d like to ski added to the bottom of “For the Love of Skiing” on the Digressions page. Hopefully one nothing or another will be something of interest.
Two new additions to Graceguts are in memory of Carlos Colón, haiku poet extraordinaire. He died of a heart attack in 2016 at the age of 63. Read my review of Carlos’s poetry book Clocking Out on the Reviews page, and my brief memorial haibun, “Remembering Carlos Colón,” on the Haibun page—including a wonderful photo of Carlos, ever the performer in our memories.
In 2001, my press, Press Here, published The Nick of Time: Essays on Haiku Aesthetics, by Paul O. Williams. In addition to my introduction, written with Lee Gurga, you can now read one of the book’s earliest and most influential essays, from 1975, “Tontoism in American Haiku,” and its 1989 sequel, “The Question of Articles in Haiku,” just added to the Further Reading page.
New to the Haiku and Senryu page are all thirty of my poems from Off the Beaten Track: A Year in Haiku, published in January 2016 by Boatwhistle Books in England. This new page also includes a previously unpublished postscript that provides commentary on most of the poems, especially focusing on the role of experience, memory, and imagination in haiku composition. And when you’re done reading those poems, also check out “Spicy Collards,” written with Lenard D. Moore and Alice Frampton, just added to the Rengay page. Tasty!
NaHaiWriMo website, and look for daily prompts on the Facebook page (where you can also share your poems). Join us by writing at least one haiku a day for the month of February! And if you’re wondering about the logo, check out Why “No 5-7-5” on the NaHaiWriMo website—find out why 5-7-5 is an urban myth for haiku n English, and why there are more important targets for haiku than merely counting syllables.
It’s been a while since I added any new poems to the Poems About Haiku page, but I’ve just added the following seven wonderful poems. Enjoy!
“Along the Way” by Judy Halebsky
“The Kite Maker” [excerpt] by Judy Halebsky
“Out of the Gate” by Judy Halebsky
“Zen Monks Talking Big” by Judy Halebsky
“John Cage’s Mushroom Haiku . . . Mesosticized” by Stefano Pocci
“Narrow Road to the North” by Mary Ruefle
“Thinking About Bashō” by Bracha K. Sharp
A few recent this-and-that additions to Graceguts include a link to a radio interview I did this month with Tom Maxedon about National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo), just added to the Interviews page (broadcast on Public Radio Guam, an NPR affiliate). And on the Appearances page you’ll find several new readings and other events I’m up to this year. I’ve also added a new comment at the end of the Your Thoughts page (keep those responses coming!). And on the Books page I’ve listed my most recent book (which also includes a compact disc)—a cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of A Collection of Rare Songs by Itchu, featuring Edo-era Itchubushi songs for shamisen and voice.
I recently published twenty-three short book reviews in the Haiku Society of America journal, Frogpond. The following commentaries are now available through my Reviews page.
Climbing Mole Hill: An Anthology of Haiku and Haiga for the Republic of Mole Hill
edited by Lidia Rozmus
Haiku Anthology: Second International Haiku Conference
edited by Robert Kania, Krzysztof Kokot, Lidia Rozmus, and Charles Trumbull
Haiku and Related Poetry
American Gothic by Steven Carter
At Bat by Cor van den Heuvel
Between Waves by Alexis Rotella
Chester Creek Ravine by Bart Sutter
Dandelion Seeds by Arvinder Kaur
Desert Wind by Ferenc Bakos
Drumming in the Free World by Kim Redshaw
Grandma’s Chip Bowl by David Jacobs
Haiku Chiaroscuro by David Cobb
Haiku Edge: New and Selected Haiku by Robert Epstein
Happy Wake Up by Milenko D. Ćirović Ljutički
A Path of Desire: Tan Renga by Peter Newton and Kathe L. Palka
Puerto Rico by Anita Virgil
The Open Eye by Lenard D. Moore
39 Haiku by Robert Kania
Voice of the Cicada by Raffael de Gruttola
Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku by Pat Boran
Young Osprey by Bill Cooper
You Can’t Be Serious by Ronald Wallace
Novels Featuring Haiku
The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart