Bill Kenney is the recipient of a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award for 2021 for his volume keep walking (Winchester VA: Red Moon Press, 2021).
Commentary from the Panel:
In this fine collection Bill Kenney demonstrates a clear eye, a kindly temperament, and a cunning haiku voice.
Much of that cunning results from this poet’s masterful sense of when he has said just enough. Few who practice this already-compressed poetry can suggest so much with so few words.
circling me twice
then moving on
His eye discerns not just what others might overlook, but also — with keen if bemused insight — revealing aspects of who those others are.
the tour guide tells us
what to observe
Kenney began his haiku journey seventeen years ago, a month shy of his 72nd birthday. A frequent subject is his life stage or state of health, though often seasoned with gentle irony . . .
snow softly falling
the way the oncologist
the nurse asks
if there’s anything I want —
. . . or leavened with self-depreciating humor . . .
for my hand
going on 88
I tell the child
Time and again, this collection proves to be life-affirming in its grace notes . . .
to make it last
. . . and inspiring in its author’s fortitude . . .
might as well
We feel welcome and privileged to tag along.
See the complete list of winners of both Individual Poem Awards and Distinguished Books Awards in the Touchstone Archives.