now available: Haiku 2021

I’m very pleased to announce that Haiku 2021, edited by Lee Gurga and I, is now available from Modern Haiku Press. As usual, the book features 100 ku by 100 poets, all of which were published in 2020. This year, Philip Rowland wrote the Introduction. Philip is the editor of NOON: journal of the short poem, the author of Something Other Than Other, and before music, and is one of the editors of Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years. Philip is also the author of numerous insightful and inspiring essays about haiku in English and short poetry: “A Dialogue on the Experimental,” “From Haiku to the Short Poem: Bridging the Divide,” “Avant-Garde Haiku: A New Outlook,” and “Surrealism & Contemporary Haiku -Or- Surreal Haiku?” He also wrote the introduction for my own collection of poems, lakes & now wolves. From Philip’s Introduction:

Haiku 2021 unfolds as a series of flashes of insight
and facets of language, a remarkable range
of minimalist poetic possibilities.”



NOON: journal of the short poem 16

NOON: journal of the short poem issue 16 is now available online. NOON publishes poems that are 14 lines or less.

Issue 16 features haiku by Robert Witmer, Christopher Patchel, Elmedin Kadric, Tiffany Shaw-Diaz, Lee Gurga, Cherie Hunter Day, Peter Newton, C. E. J. Simons, Jim Kacian, Dave Read, Roland Packer, Eve Luckring, LeRoy Gorman, Stephen Toft, Gary Hotham, Victor Ortiz, Caroline Skanne, and Scott Metz, among others.


NOON: two new issues

NOON: journal of the short poem, “a journal [that] aims to put some of the most interesting English-language haiku in conversation with other innovative short poetry,” has released two new issues at once (14 and 15).

The journal is edited by Philip Rowland, a coeditor of Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton, 2013). The new issues feature haiku by Gary Hotham, Johannes S.H. Bjerg, Victor Ortiz, Helen Buckingham, LeRoy Gorman, Rebecca Lilly, Sandra Simpson, Lee Gurga, Scott Metz, Clayton Beach, Dave Read, Roberta Beary, Michelle Tennison, Christopher Patchel, Bill Cooper, and John Martone.

One of my own from issue 15:

o and by the waves who’s we


NOON: an anthology of short poems

Philip Rowland has been editing his journal, NOON: journal of the short poem, since 2004. He is also a coeditor of Haiku in English: the first hundred years (Norton, 2013). A rich soup of NOON‘s poems has now been allowed to cook, simmer, and marry into NOON: an anthology of short poems (Isobar Press, 2019). Copies are now available via the NOON website.

This is from his introduction: “Editing an anthology inevitably involves difficult choices and reluctant omissions; one could even argue, as did Laura Riding and Robert Graves in their provocative Pamphlet Against Anthologies (1928), that anthologies uproot poems from their contexts, imposing misleading categories upon them. But in the approach taken here, I have tried to make the most of these limitations, through meaningful, often playful, juxtaposition and sequencing of the poems, to produce a newly distinctive body of work that is relatively unconstrained by narrow genre-definitions. The result is a renga-like chain of over two hundred poems by almost half as many poets. This ‘collectiveness’ reflects my assumption that the shorter the poem, the greater the importance of context; and many of the poems in this book are, indeed, really short.

And though I know this poem has been published in numerous places (first in issue 01 of NOON), I’ll share it once more anyway:

a love letter to the butterfly gods with strategic misspellings

—Chris Gordon