Showcases 71 haiku and senryu by participants in the 2007 Haiku North America conference, held August 15–19 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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2008 (for 2007 conference), saddle-stapled, 36 pages, 5½ x 8½ inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-29-9
“The wish in this book’s title poem drifts away like a dandelion seed, as fleeting and ephemeral as the moment that haiku reveres. Unlike that wish, the wish that Garry had for Haiku North America has not drifted away. Instead, it has seeded and taken root. The anthology you hold in your hand, the ninth in the series, is evidence of the continued growth and vibrancy of the haiku community in North America. As with previous anthologies, and in the tradition of staying on a first-name basis despite that growth, the poems in this anthology are arranged by each poet’s first name. May you, too, enjoy these poems, each one blowing in the dandelion wind.” —from the introduction
From the back cover:
“Of the small handful of regular occasions that nurture the English-language haiku community, Haiku North America is certainly preeminent: intellectually diverse, socially expansive, emotionally gratifying, it provides more than any other single experience the sense that haiku is a literary force to be reckoned with and capable of work that matters in the rest of the world.”
—Jim Kacian, owner of Red Moon Press
“Every two years, at some interesting location in the United States or Canada, the organizers of Haiku North America put together exciting and innovative programs involving leading poets, scholars, editors, and teachers, as well as practitioners of arts that have a kinship with haiku. The result is that HNA is the most eagerly awaited conference on the haiku calendar.”
—George Swede, cofounder of Haiku Canada
“Haiku North America offers haiku poets worldwide the opportunity to renew their spirit of community. The Haiku North America conference is a remarkable setting for innovative workshops and spellbinding readings. This unique collaboration, known to its devotees as HNA, is the place to experience not only the art but also the heart of haiku.”
—Roberta Beary, author of The Unknown Necklace