another year . . .
my wish list no longer
than a haiku
As someone who was seriously bitten by the haiku bug three years ago, I find it fairly easy to provide anyone who’d like to give me a gift with a “wish list.” If you’re new to haiku–or know someone who’s interested in the form–here are some last-minute ideas for holiday giving that are sure to please and inform:
- A membership to The Haiku Society of America, which includes three issues of the society’s signature journal Frogpond and periodic updates on haiku news throughout the year. Or, if you’re not quite ready to take the membership plunge, why not consider ordering the society’s most recent anthology, This World, for a world-class sampling of members’ haiku?
- One of Red Moon Press’ pithy anthologies, like A New Resonance 8: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, which features the work of 17 rising haiku stars.
- Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, a compendium put together by haiku gurus Jim Kacian, Allan Burns, and Phillip Rowland, with an introduction by Billy Collins.
- Snapshot Press’ Haiku Calendar–a prize-winning collection of haiku linked to seasonal art.
- Any number of recently published individual collections, including Charles Trumbull’s pocket-sized A Five-Balloon Morning–a haiku memoir chronicling his life-long journey as a New Mexican and poet.
Finally, as a special gift to her readers, poet Adelaide Shaw is offering a free Amazon download today and tomorrow of her haiku collection An Unknown Road. (I’ve already downloaded mine and can’t wait to fire up my Kindle!)