On the Essays page, look for the new addition, “Common Wisdom: Learning Haiku from Heraclitus,” recently published in Blithe Spirit. Another new addition is “Four Classic Haiku,” featuring my commentary on “classic” poems I selected as guest editor for the “Haiku in English” column for two months in Japan’s Mainichi newspaper (I also include seven other haiku selections here).
Also on the Essays page, several essays include new postscripts, especially an extensive new postscript on “Laughing with Karumi.” New postscripts, too, on the “Watch Your Its” and “Haiku and the Art of Forest Bathing” essays. The Haibun page’s “Hearing the Owl” also includes a highly personal new postscript (as are the other postscripts there).
New to the Further Reading page is “Why I Write Haibun” by Rich Youmans.
The Appearances page has been updated with a few new events, plus I’ve also added several new event photos from the past.
New on the Commentary page is David Cashman’s commentary on my “heirloom bowl” haiku from a recent issue of Frogpond. And I’ve also added a link to my poem featured in Triveni Haikai India’s “Tanka Take Home” column.
In May of 2022 I judged the Drevniok Award for Haiku Canada. A trifold of my selections is now listed on the Trifolds page, and you can view or download it on Trifold Downloads.
The Videos page now features the 16 June 2022 Zoom video from SoulFood Poetry Night, with me as MC (featured poets were Rick Lupert and Ellyn Maybe).
Speaking of Rick Lupert, his poem “This Thought, Too Many Syllables for Haiku” now appears on the Poems About Haiku page. Also look for Mark Young’s newly added “A Letter to Matsuo Bashō.” On Poems by Others, look for Rilke’s marvelous “Give Me Your Hand.” And on my own Poems page you can now find “Wedding Limerick,” written for my nephew and his wife.
New to the Digressions page is “Washington State Ferries Haiku Contest,” a contest I judged in 2020 with the Washington state poet laureate (the winning poem was printed on thousands of sailing schedules). A fun new digression is “Rhopalic Sentences,” about sentences whose words grow in length from start to finish. The “Haiku North America” digression now includes links to each HNA conference anthology (together with links to sample poems and each book’s introduction). The Digressions page now also includes a list of Recent Additions.
The Haiku and Senryu page now includes the addition of “Four Senryu” and “Five Haiku” on a new Sand Hill Review page, featuring poems published in 2003.
The Contact Me page now includes links to all my various social media pages and a few other links.
On the Sequences page, look for 28 “Star Wheel” poems, all inspired by crochet patterns, extracted from my mini chapbook of the same name (published by Origami Poems Project in 2020).