20 April 2013
small fanfare on own trumpet
I don't know, I write seven simple words and off they go for an adventure of their own, sending messages back from time to time to let me know how they are getting on.
autumn days drifting from text to marginalia
set off for Bones : journal for contemporary haiku, where it was treated most hospitably and included in the inaugural issue, December 2012.
It also popped up in an excellent essay by Kris Lindbeck : How to Write Haiku: Using Juxtaposition. Thank you, Kris.
Then, to my surprise, it was selected for inclusion in a prestigious print anthology, nothing in the window, edited by Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Press Editorial Staff. A fine volume, featuring english-language haiku, haibun and essays from 2012.
Most recently - just a few days ago - I found out that it had been given a Touchstone Award, in The Haiku Foundation's Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems 2012.
I am thrilled that a small cluster of my words should go off into the world and do well for itself. It's great to see one of mine alongside those by poets whose work I already admire, names that I have come to know well since discovering haiku, some of whom I know on Twitter.
I am both slightly bemused and greatly encouraged by it, a small success coming at a time when I have not been finding it easy to write, struggling to establish the direction I should be taking both within and without haiku. This is my fifth haiku spring, and I don't want simply to go round again.
Earlier this year, I had considered mothballing or even deleting these messy, hit-and-miss pages, especially now that what I consider the best-of has been collected to pdf books on Scribd. But the title of this blog does encapsulate my philosophy of writing (I must get it put on a t-shirt!) so I want to keep it going. It's just that the character of the blog might change as I explore a wider range of fragmentary, but haiku-influenced, writing.
I want to thank all of you who read here, for taking an interest in my (unsteady) progress. It's not pretty but this is where I am finding my uncertain way.