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Poetry Friday - Some Great Haiku, the Red Moon Anthology, and Seaside Workshop

February 2, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, haiku, anthologies, Red Moon Anthology, HSA, conferences, workshops, Jim, Kacian, Tom Painting, Stanford M. Forrester, Michael Henry Lee, Robert Epstein

Greetings, Poetry Friends.

When I first began exploring haiku years ago, I got my hands on a Red Moon Anthology, among other things. Founded by Jim Kacian and now in its 25th year, Red Moon Press publishes a yearly anthology of the best English-language haiku from around the world, in addition to publishing collections by individual poets, critical works, haiku-related novels and smaller anthologies.

If Jim's name rings a bell from this blog or your other haiku journeys, he also founded The Haiku Foundation (with its extensive resources, poet directory, and teacher-friendly articles ) and compiled the comprehensive Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, published by W. W. Norton & Company.

But back to the Red Moon Anthology. I was thrilled to receive notice that my haiku

wedding invitations
the press and release
of the nib

would be included in the 2016 anthology - the 21st! - which just rolled off the presses. (This poem recently appeared in FROGPOND as third-place honorable mention in the Harold G.Henderson Memorial Haiku Award contest.)

The new Red Moon volume, dust devils, features 173 poems, eight linked forms, and five critical pieces. I ordered a couple of copies and received them this week.

Upon perusing, I ran across several names of poets who will be attending and/or helping to lead our upcoming Earth Day weekend Haiku Society of America meeting and workshop on the Georgia Coast in a couple of months. I asked for permission to feature their anthology poems here today, and they all kindly agreed.

stack of books
the Russian novel
cold to the touch

©Stanford M. Forrester. All rights reserved.
Originally appeared on OTATA blog, 2.

(This poem appears in Forrester's new hand-printed, hand-bound chapbook, matcha.)

happy hour
everyone's glass

©Michael Henry Lee. All rights reserved.
Originally appeared in MODERN HAIKU, 47:1.

lunar eclipse
I lose some sleep
over it

©Tom Painting. All rights reserved.
Also originally appeared in MODERN HAIKU, 47:1.

Also, though he is unable to attend our workshop in person, Robert Epstein will answer a few questions about two new animal rights haiku books he has just published and I'll share those with the group l. Here is his poem in dust devils:

Father's Day
I give myself
a good talking to

©Robert Epstein. All rights reserved.
Originally appeared in MARIPOSA, 25.

Finally, I asked Jim Kacian if I could feature one of his poems from dust devils. (In case you're wondering, the anthology is the product of the work of 11 editors, with strict requirements for voting and poem inclusion.)

traveling alone -
the darkness around
each star

©Jim Kacian. All rights reserved.
(This poem was an award-winner in a contest sponsored by the Italian Haiku Association.)

My sincere thanks to these poets for allowing me to share their work. (And if I missed anyone attending in April, my apologies -- let me know so I can add your poem.)

Want to know more about the April meeting and workshop? Here's my latest blurb for HSA, with a bonus haiku from Tom at the end:


That’s Bring your own BINOCULARS!

What better way to celebrate Earth Day in a couple of months than with an HSA meeting and workshop at St. Simon’s Island on the sunny (fingers crossed!) coast of Georgia?

“Honoring the Earth,” Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23, 2017, will offer opportunities to explore what it means to be human, living with and among the rest of the natural world. We’ll hear from David G. Lanoue, Tom Painting, Laurence Stacey, and Fay Aoyagi, and also enjoy a reading by Stanford M. Forrester. I’ll share a couple of new books by Robert Epstein. And, several talented poets in our region will be on hand to participate and serve up some famous Southern hospitality.

Why the binoculars? In addition to a session on bird haiku, Tom will lead us on a birdwatching ginko (a haiku walk)! The area is a magnet for avid birders.

Whether you are a well-seasoned poet or want to learn more about haiku, working on your “life list” or can’t tell a titmouse from a turkey vulture, you are welcome to join us. Details and cost information can be found on the HSA SE regional page,

Two updates –

1. Meal times (of interest to commuters if you are planning day trips) are:

Breakfast 7am-9am
Lunch 11:45am-1pm
Supper 5:30pm-7pm

2. If Epworth by the Sea has enough available rooms, I can be a little flexible with the March 5 date for receiving final payment. I will have to provide a final count to the staff there a couple of weeks after that, however, INCLUDING any meals for commuters. Feel free to email me with any questions.

Here’s a hint of spring to whet your appetite, kindly shared by Tom:

spring plowing
a flock of blackbirds
turns inside out

©Tom Painting. All rights reserved.
Frogpond XXV:2

Maybe all this haiku will help get you through the six more weeks of winter promised by Punxsutawney Phil. Along with all the offerings for Poetry Friday, of course, rounded up for us this week by another famous "P" - our own Penny at A Penny and Her Jots.


  1. February 3, 2017 6:43 AM EST
    Congrats on your Birdwatching adventure, Robin. It sounds excellent. I wish I could be there.

    Heron's wings
    break the humming silence
    in my imagination
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  2. February 3, 2017 6:56 AM EST
    What a delicious
    feast of haiku for my eyes
    and, listening ears

    I'm really stuck in the 5-7-5 format. I'd love to get away to learn and grow into haiku as a form. Enjoy every moment and report back to those of us that wish we could be with you. The press and release of the nib, indeed!
    - Linda Mitchell
  3. February 3, 2017 8:39 AM EST
    Hi, Brenda - wish you could join us too! I'll post about it, of course. Thanks for sharing your heron's wings - we love having so many herons here in the Lowcountry.

    Linda, thanks for coming by and for your poem. It took a shift of thinking and aesthetics for me to pry away my pen from the 5-7-5 we were all taught. Researching the form, and reading thousands of strong poems, caused a different understanding to slowly sink into my bones. If interested, you can find lots of both kinds of reading at Jim's Haiku Foundation site - (and great books at Red Moon Press) as well as the Haiku Society of America site And Stanford's bottle rockets press offers lots of fine poetry! :0)
    - Robyn Black
  4. February 3, 2017 9:08 AM EST
    I am struck by those blackbirds turning inside out and the darkness around each star. And the Father's Day talking to. They are all so rich with meaning. Delicious haiku for a filling poetry breakfast!
    - Tabatha
  5. February 3, 2017 9:17 AM EST
    Congratulations on your poem inclusion and good luck with the workshop. It sounds like an incredible experience.
    - Kay McGriff
  6. February 3, 2017 9:35 AM EST
    Congratulations for your haiku being included in that anthology, Robyn. That's wonderful! I love reading all these special words, each one a moment to consider. Happy Friday!
    - Linda Baie
  7. February 3, 2017 9:51 AM EST
    Hi, Tabatha - Agreed. I'm such a fan of each of those writers represented above - masterful. Thanks for popping in!

    Kay, thank you! I'll report back after our gathering; appreciations for the good wishes.

    Happy Friday, Linda - Thanks, and glad you enjoyed these poems. "A moment to consider" is a lovely description of a successful haiku.
    - Robyn Black
  8. February 3, 2017 10:48 AM EST
    Congrats on your haiku being included in the anthology. And to almost quote you...
    My sincere thanks to these poets for allowing YOU to share their work!!! Enjoy the workshop.
    - Penny Parker Klostermann
  9. February 3, 2017 12:03 PM EST
    Thanks so much, Penny - and thank you for hosting the Roundup this week! (Heidi and her work as both poet and teacher are amazing.)
    - Robyn Black
  10. February 3, 2017 12:12 PM EST
    This sounds like a lovely gathering, Robyn. Congratulations of the inclusion of your haiku.
    - Tara
  11. February 3, 2017 1:08 PM EST
    You are always off on new adventures! :) Congrats on having your poem included in the anthology. Love reading all these haiku today -- perfect food for the heart and spirit.
    - jama
  12. February 3, 2017 1:45 PM EST
    I remember as a child just hating haiku because I found the rules too restrictive and limiting. Now, I see the structures as inspiration! Isn't it funny how time and experience can change how we interact and experience poetry!
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  13. February 3, 2017 1:55 PM EST
    Thank you, Tara - I'm already looking forward to April!

    Hi, Jama - many thanks. I want to keep Mr. Cornelius entertained, you see. ;0) Glad you enjoyed these offerings.

    Jane, I'm glad we continue to grow and learn long past the day we reach our height on a measuring stick! Many thanks for visiting.
    - Robyn Black
  14. February 3, 2017 3:41 PM EST
    Congratulations, Robyn - I can see why they accepted your haiku! Beautiful...and the others you shared are great, as well.
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  15. February 3, 2017 6:38 PM EST
    Congratulations, Robyn! I have a wonderful picture in my head of you addressing all those envelopes!
    - Doraine
  16. February 3, 2017 6:59 PM EST
    Hi, Matt - thanks so much, and thanks for swinging by.

    Doraine - ha! You saw me shortly "after," didn't you? ;0) [There wasn't an available flat surface in my house for a solid week or two.]
    - Robyn Black
  17. February 3, 2017 7:18 PM EST
    Congratulations on being included in the anthology, Robyn, and thanks for sharing these wonderful examples of the form. Your gathering sounds wonderful.
    - Sally Murphy
  18. February 3, 2017 7:29 PM EST
    Many thanks, Sally - wish you could join us! But that would be quite the commute....
    - Robyn Black
  19. February 5, 2017 9:44 AM EST
    Congrats! You inspire me to keep getting better at haikuing!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  20. February 5, 2017 10:45 AM EST
    Thank you, Mary Lee - you inspire me in lots of ways! ;0)
    - Robyn Black

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