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** strange tales from this animal life **
I thank Mike for including me in that list, and I agree; the short poem has a tremendous amount of power when done right, as shown by Kriesel's sunnyoutside book Feeding My Heart To The Wind. I'm a fan of the poem that says a great deal in a small space, using exactly the right words in just the right place. Bill Taylor can do it well also.
Now the bad news. Few academic journals publish haiku...Maybe haiku doesn't lend itself as readily to the MFA mindset of explication/competition. Most of the writers of haiku are at least in middle age. There's also generally a larger spiritual component to haiku, than to some of the other forms of verse I've encountered in academic journals, where the emphasis is often on language and/or experimentation.
There's hope for haiku, though, in certain areas of the small press. Over the last 5-10 years, some of the minimalist-style poets have been trying their hands at short nature poems, and the occasional haiku. Most of these writers are in their early thirties. I think as they get a little older, you'll start to see haiku appear more often in the small press. I look forward to seeing haiku someday by poets Glenn Cooper, Don Winter, Mike James, Shane Jones, Christopher Cunningham and justin.barrett...
seriously, the thing is a perfect-bound wonder. only 100 copies, each with a different handpainted cover, 62 pp including contents and section headers with 30 poems, this book is an example, along with the work of Bill Roberts, of what dedicated artists in the small press can produce when they really care about quality, production values and the totality of a real goddamn book in a world where such things are all but ignored.
The text is set in Minion Pro, which was designed by Robert Slimbach and inspired by the classical typefaces of the Renaissance.
The cover was letterpress-printed on acid-free Fox River Gainsborough Charcoal 80 lb. cover and hand-painted by the author.
The paper is Mohawk Via Smooth Natural 70 lb text, which was made using wind-generated electricity.
Both papers use 30% postconsumer fibers.
Design by David McNamara.