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Were you excited to have some of your early haiku published in book form? What . . .? You haven’t a clue how and no publisher has ever asked to do it for you? Well, don’t hold your breath waiting !!!
My first chapbook (a mini-me) was New Kid on the Block—haiku and senryu 1990 Reading it still makes me smile and feel 5’6″ tall (or taller). It took a lot of courage, intestinal fortitude and plain old hard work .
First of all, I bought or borrowed as many haiku poetry books of poets I had come to respect or had corresponded with during my first 3 years of writing this very special form of short poetry.
I read them and studied everything about how these books were laid out and what they included. Then I began. It would take pages to detail all that happened, but suffice it to say that a lot of people were involved in the production of New Kid . . .
I asked for help at every step of the way and got it. All these many years later, I still am grateful to: my family, Brian, Joe, vincent , Jane and the University of Alberta Press. Publishing that first book was crucial to my having courage to carry on in every way.
The book that I am proudest of though because it simply had to be written is: And So It Was (poems for my father, 1998). It is a collection of tanka that describe my feelings growing up on a farm while living in a home with an abusive father. The simple art work was done by Brian while I did the rest myself by hand. Most of the time, it makes me smile as well.