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Bookstories 4: Miriam Chaikin's Don't Step on the Sky

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My story is a short one—like the poetic form we enjoy.

I published one book of haiku for children, Don’t Step On the Sky (Henry Holt). Since, I have become my own publisher. It happened this way: I met with a poet friend (published, but not of short form) who pulled from his shirt pocket a small chapbook—4″ x 6″, 32 pages—and said, “this is how poetry should be published, in small bites. . . .” I was tempted. I have been putting out annually a small chapbook of my haiku and tanka for distribution to family members, friends, writers, associates, etc., 2 or 3 poems per page. Perhaps a little personal drawing. People like it. They read it. One woman said, “I love it, I can take it out when I wait for the bus and read them.”

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  1. Thanks Miriam.
    Just a reminder, Miriam an other haiku authors, that we’d love to have a couple of copies of all your haiku publications, self-published or professional, at the Haiku Foundation Hard Copy and Digital libraries, to help us toward our goal of preserving perishable haiku literature.

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