You can now read my brief commentary on a tanka by James B. Peters at “Cool Afternoon,” available through the Essays page, where you can also find “In Response to a Poetix Book Review,” my reaction to a review by G. Murray Thomas of Deborah P Kolodji’s Highway of Sleeping Towns. As always, poetry is an ongoing conversation.
Two of my haiku recently appeared on Jennifer Hambrick’s “Inner Voices” blog, with her commentary. You can now read these contributions to Jennifer’s “International Women’s Haiku Festival,” available through the Interviews page. There you can also find “Moonless Night,” with commentary by Cyndi Myers on one of my tanka. I’ve also just added “Holding Radium” by Diane Ackerman to my Poems About Haiku collection. Now if only I could think of a title for this blog post.
New on the Reviews page is my assessment of Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes, recently published in Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America. A new design appears at the end of the Haiga with Anne Dunnett page, accessible through the Haiga page. And on the Introductions page you’ll also find “A Brief Introduction to Tanka,” my opening words for Debbie Strange’s Warp and Weft: Tanka Threads. There’s a punch line in here somewhere.
New on the Haiku and Senryu page, and available through the “Essays and Commentary” section of the Interviews page, is a collection of five haiku featured in October of 2015 on the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai blog, with commentary by Kristjaan Panneman, a Dutch poet who also goes by the pen name of Chèvrefeuille. I’m grateful for such responses as these.
A new essay recently added to the Essays page is “Knowing the Poet,” just published in Haiku Canada Review. And a new addition to the Rengay page is “The Path to Here,” a solo outing about the Seattle Japanese Garden from the pages of Solitary Plover. And for fun, I’ve added a list of idioms, “Nothings that Go Bump in the Night,” to one particular page that’s good for Nothing.
Just added to the Rengay page are serendipitous collaborations with three amigos. Two of them are “True Colors,” written with Paul David Mena, and “Hopscotch in the Park,” written with the late Paul O. Williams before he died. These both appeared in Hedgerow. A third is “Bending My Ears,” written with Ray Rasmussen, recently published in Haiku Canada Review. I have many unpublished rengay, and I’m working on getting more of them published this year.
A few miscellaneous updates include the addition of a remembrance poem for Kiyoko Tokutomi on the Memorial Haiku page, two erotic haiku added at the end of the “Dew on a Rose” sequence, and the addition of “Corked,” “if i fell,” “pine cones,” and “stabs of stars” (all 1987) and “Dripping Tap” (1982) to the Poems page. I’ve also added several new journals, such as Hedgerow and Right Hand Pointing, to the Links page. Please have a look-see!
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.