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Although my poetry has appeared previously in several chapbooks, as well as anthologies and journals, this is my first book. I passionately believe in the accessibility of haiku, and wanted my book to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. To that end, I shared my draft manuscript with three friends for review before submitting it to my publisher: a haiku buddy, a friend who wrote lyric poetry but was familiar with haiku, and a personal friend who had known me a long time but didn’t write poetry at all. Their collective feedback was incorporated, the most significant being to reduce the number of poems I was trying to shoehorn into the book. One unique aspect of the collection is that I chose to leave the poems (haiku, tanka, and haibun) in chronological order, covering a period of 22 years. I felt this would be the most telling way to show how my poetry has changed over the years, as well as how I have changed. Some of the early poems are admittedly “short poems in the haiku spirit” rather than haiku; however, I felt it was important to share that evolution as well. I had selected three titles for consideration, and we decided to use Singing in the Silo because it is unusual. It also relates to my rural heritage, which fostered my connection to nature.