Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday updates - October 16, 2012

Lenard D. Moore had a poem published recently in The News & Observer. The title of the poems is "At The State Fair".


Brendan Slater sent this:

Press Release: Yet To Be Named Free Press

Founding Editor: Brendan Slater, brendan@yettobenamedfreepress.org
Anthology Editor: Alan Summers, alan@yettobenamedfreepress.org Brendan Slater, Yet To Be Named Free Press
Submissions: subs@yettobeneamedfreepress.org


YTBNFP is an indie publisher utilising POD to get fresh, exciting, experimental, quality short-verse out into the market place without all the overheads of a traditional publishing business, in fact we are not a business we are a co-operative and non-profit making, our authors, editors and artists get equal shares of any profits, we also plan to set up a trust fund for poets who are hard up and cannot afford books or their gas bills, etc. This will take some time setting up as short-verse is a niche market, we don't expect to get rich from this, if we wanted that we'd be publishing 50 shades of my Vicar's wife's knickers, or something less tasteful.

Our first title released in August is Four Virtual Haiku Poets (http://www.yettobenamedfreepress.org/p/four-virtual-haiku-poets.html), an anthology of the work of Scott Terrill, Brendan Slater, Colin Stewart Jones and Michael Goglia, edited by Alan Summers and Brendan Slater. It's available through Amazon at $7.50, £5.00 and €6.00.

Our second title also released in August is In Bed With Kerouac (http://www.yettobenamedfreepress.org/p/in-bed-with-kerouac.html), a mixed genre book by Brendan Slater, available through Amazon at $7.50, £5.00 and €6.00.

Our third title has just been released, Does Fish-God Know, a collection of gendai haiku by Alan Summers. More information to come in a separate press release @ http://www.yettobenamedfreepress.org/p/does-fish-god-know.html

We are also accepting submission for an anthology called c.2.2. Where only pen names will be published. Please visit this address for guidelines: http://www.yettobenamedfreepress.org/p/call-for-subs-anthology-c22.html

Selected poems from our first three titles can be read here: http://www.yettobenamedfreepress.org/p/selected-poems.html

Please stop by and take a look, maybe you'll like what you see, maybe you'll want to get involved, we're always open to fresh ideas to take short-verse to new and exciting places.

--- Brendan Slater, Yet To Be Named Free Press

Howard Lee Kilby sent this:

The 17th haiku conference in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas is moving forward steadily. Haiku Hot Springs will be held at the Arlington Hotel, Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, 2012 from 9 am - 5 pm both days. There is a conference rate of $84 plus tax for those who wish to attend: www.arlingtonhotel.com  use HAIKU as the code word and if there are any problems in making a reservation call 501-767-6096 also for information. Here are some of the poets attending as of this moment: Charles Trumbull, Santa Fe, NM, Sonia Coman and her husband Eduard from New York, NY, Dr. Jianqing (John) Zheng of Itta Bena, MS, Susan Delphine Delaney, M.D., Plano, TX, Christine Spindel, Memphis, TN, Celia Stuart-Powles, Tulsa, OK, Gordon Bradford, Bella Vista, AR, Vic Fleming, Little Rock, AR, R. Paul Tucker, M.D., Hot Springs, AR, Carlos Colón, Shreveport, LA, and other poets.

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas is the first land set aside by congress long before the national park system was established. It was set aside in 1832 by congress for the benefit of future citizens to enjoy the healing waters of the Valley of the Vapors. This is also the city where a young seven-year-old fatherless boy began elementary school after moving here with his mother. He grew up and became first the governor of Arkansas and then president of the United States. Bill Clinton played jazz in Hot Springs in the 50's and early 60's while still in high school.

For information please contact Howard Lee Kilby, Arkansas Haiku Society at hkilby@hotmail.com please use Haiku Conference in the subject line to telephone 501-767-6096. Mahalo.

ayaz daryl nielsen sent this:

bear creek haiku now has a blog site


ayaz daryl nielsen, editor of bear creek haiku, has two collections of poetry recently released, 'Concentric Penumbras of the Heart' and 'haiku  tumbleweeds still tumbling'

And finally, something for you to consider:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Updates - October 14, 2012

A new issue of Haiku Reality is online:


Pamela A. Babusci sent this:


Please note a change in Issue 7's deadline & my change of address

Pamela A. Babusci  
Moonbathing Issue 7 is now accepting submissions. I have additional copies of Moonbathing issue 5 & issue 6 If you wish to purchase a copy(ies) please e-mail me.

Moonbathing Issue 7 has the Annual Moonbathing Contest Please send one tanka on the theme of: "moonbathing" however you interpret it with your regular submission- Please label the contest tanka.  The winner will receive a year's subscription to Moonbathing.

Please note the change in deadline for Issue 7  from Dec. 15th to Nov. 15th
Moonbathing will publish two issues a year: Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.

Moonbathing will feature only women poets. Send a maximum of 10 tanka per submission period. Submission deadlines: Spring/Summer: In-hand Deadline:  May 15th spring/summer themes or non-seasonal only

THIS ISSUE: Fall/Winter: In-hand deadline:  Nov. 15th fall/winter theme or non-seasonal only

No previously published tanka or simultaneous submissions; no tanka that has been posted on-line, on Facebook/Twitter or on a personal website/blog.


Send your tanka IN THE BODY OF AN E-MAIL to: Pamela A. Babusci:  moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com PLEASE NO ATTACHMENTS. E-mail submissions ONLY.

I hope that all tanka poets who have their work accepted will support Moonbathing by purchasing a copy or a subscription. If Moonbathing is to survive it will need your support and I will be most grateful for it. 


Moonbathing does not assume liability for copyright infringement or failure to acknowledge previously published tanka.
Subscriptions: $12 for one year (two issues) U.S. and Canada; $6 for single issue. International: $16
(two issues) $8 single issue U.S. dollars; send US cash or international M.O.—payable to Pamela A. Babusci

Pamela A. Babusci, Editor of Moonbathing
244 Susan Lane Apt. B    Rochester, NY  14616  USA

The Editor of Moonbathing is looking forward to receiving your best tanka. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Pamela A. Babusci moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to any of your female tanka poets that might be interested in submitting-many thanks!

Respectfully submitted,
Pamela A. Babusci, Editor of Moonbathing

Robert Epstein sent this:

Dear Fellow Poets and Friends,

I am pleased to announce that, at long last, The Temple Bell Stops:  Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change, has been released.

It is available through me at $18., including domestic shipping (international shipping to be determined).  Contact me via email:  taylorepstein@earthlink.net or at Robert Epstein, 1343 Navellier St., El Cerrito, CA 94530.  The book may also be purchased online for $19.99. plus domestic shipping at Lulu.com. 

The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change
By Robert Epstein, Editor

Young or old, healthy or sick, wealthy or poor, sooner or later all of us face losses in our lives. Whether these losses are big or small, they affect us and leave their mark. At the center of grief over the death of a loved one, job loss, financial hardship, divorce, miscarriage, and changes due to aging is a hardy seed of renewal. As the poets in this collection attest, grief, sorrow and acceptance serve as a bridge between the past and future—a thread of love and courage that restores wholeness and continuity. Pause with the poets here in the present moment who happen upon a door that only looks closed but opens again and again to the Eternal Now—where departed loved ones and new possibilities await us. Haiku helps to contain our grief and gently returns it to Nature, wherein true healing takes place. As such, haiku (and its related forms) can be considered the poetry of full catastrophe living, which points the way forward to the recovery of ordinary awe.

I am also pleased to announce the release of Checkout Time is Noon:  Death Awareness Haiku.  It is available through me for $10., including domestic shipping, or online for $12. plus shipping at Amazon.com.

The great poet Rilke declared: "There is no task as urgent for us as to learn daily how to die." Yet, how many of us actually live our dying? To be born is to die. Few appear willing to die psychologically moment after moment, and yet it is this very dying that is essential if one is to encounter the Eternal Now, where all true life takes place. Described as "wordless" because intuition relies on a pre-reflective form of knowing, haiku appears perfectly suited to shed light on cracks in the night that reveal the unborn and deathless right in the midst of our living-and-dying. This is the essence of death awareness haiku--a poetry of truth, love, and freedom. Will you wake up with former US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, who wryly insists: "Death is what gets poets up in the morning"?

A third book of haiku was published in May; it is titled, A Walk Around Spring Lake and is also available through me for $10, including domestic shipping, or online at Amazon.com for $12.:

Joanne Merriam sent this:

Upper Rubber Boot Books is pleased to announce the publication of T.D. Ingram’s haiku chapbook Hiss of Leaves. Explore the subtle beauty of beetles, trash in the wind, cigar boxes, snail trails, bottle caps, sheets snapping on the line, and more. This contemplative haiku chapbook will help you cultivate a greater awareness of the magnificent in the everyday, and open your heart to the beauty inherent in everything.

This ebook is available for Kindle from Amazon and for all other ereaders from Barnes & Noble and Kobo and soon from the iStore. PDFs are available from Smashwords.

From Hiss of Leaves:

heat weights the air
then crickets

fall morning
monarchs fly
with the leaves

hiss of leaves
sheets snap
on the line

More information about the book is here: http://www.upperrubberboot.com/hiss-of-leaves/

Joanne Merriam
Editor, Upper Rubber Boot Books

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Scott Metz sent this:

Wanted to let you know that my first collection is now available. Hope you'll check it out.

lakes & now wolves
Scott Metz
Modern Haiku Press, 2012
Perfectbound, 64 pages / over 100 ku
with an introduction by Philip Rowland
$15 + $3 (s&h)

“In his haiku (one wants to say “in these creatures”) Scott Metz is both shaman and surrealist, evoking both an archaic time-before and our contemporary end-time. Word by word, these poems carry a primal charge, and one takes them up like so many amulets. He is a master of Dichten = condensare, making leaps that can remind me of Philip Soupault, Michaux and Kitasono Katue, and still these radical poems always go literally to the roots of haiku—each an embodiment of unapproachable sabi.” — john martone

“Over the last decade, Scott Metz has become one of a handful of innovators leading the way towards a new form and style for haiku in English. The poems within represent the fruits of that labor, their depth of emotion, range of expression and creative freshness articulate landscapes of rare intimacy. Here is haiku at its best, offering a nobility of spirit and a passion for poetry—for love itself.” — Richard Gilbert

Howard Lee Kilby sent this:

Haiku Hot Springs, the 16th annual haiku conference in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas will meet November 2-3, 2012 in the Tower Room of the Arlington Hotel. The conference is hosted by the Arkansas Haiku Society.

Some of the poets to attend are Sonia Cristina Coman, Christine Spindel, Susan Delphine Delaney, Carlos Colon, Vic Fleming, Carolyn Noah Graetz, Gordon Bradford and others. For information

hkilby@hotmail.com or telephone 501-767-6096.

There is no registration fee. New friends welcome.


Ellen Compton, HSA Regional Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic, forwarded this:

Dear Sir and Madame,

We are pleased to inform you that we have "2012 Fujisan Haiku", an international haiku competition on Mt Fuji. We are working on designating Mt Fuji to a World Heritage Site at Yamanashi prefectural government of Japan and are now accepting your Haiku works on Mt Fuji. Please don’t hesitate to sent us your excellent "Fujisan Haiku".

For more details, see below.

It would be appreciated if you could forward this message to your haiku friends. And it would also be a great pleasure if you could post this topic on your website.

For more information about us, see below.

Sincerely Yours,


Masanori Tanabe
World Heritage Division,
Yamanashi Prefecture
1-6-1 Murunouchi, Kofu, Ymanashi
400-8501 JAPAN