Too Busy for Spring

Too Busy for Spring: 1999 Haiku North America Anthology

Michael Dylan Welch and Lee Gurga, editors

Lidia Rozmus, cover illustration

Too Busy for Spring features 91 haiku and senryu (and two translations) by attendees of the 1999 Haiku North America conference, held July 8 to 11, 1999 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (near Chicago).

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1999, saddle-stapled, 36 pages, 5½ x 8½ inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-19-7

  • “One poem or another within this book’s pages will likely stop you with a spark of recognition. That’s how a good haiku works—it captures the essence of a particular moment in such a way that you see what the poet saw, and feel what the poet felt.” —from the introduction

  • “This anthology celebrates the fifth of the biennial Haiku North America conferences. The 1999 event finds itself at Northwestern University in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois. This collection is a group portrait of haiku in North America, and the conference itself is a sort of family reunion for writers of haiku. New faces arrive, and we see old faces in a new light. We are delighted to discover interesting cousins we never even knew existed. We are born and sometimes die to our habit of haiku. But the family goes on, welcoming the new and honoring the old.” —from the back cover