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Chad Lee Robinson — Touchstone Award for Individual Poems Winner 2018

Chad Lee Robinson is a recipient of a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems for 2018 for his poem

deep night sky
the dashboard lights too bright
for this loneliness

It first appeared in Frogpond 41.3.

Commentary from the Panel:

“This ineffable haiku succeeds by conundrum. How can dashboard lights be “too bright” for
the “loneliness” of the poetic narrator — or, indeed, for anyone adrift in the “deep night sky”?
Perhaps we turn off our own lights to immerse ourselves ever more deeply in the deep of night
and space. Perhaps we revel in our mood of detachment from others, from our daily cares and
unmet desires, and feel ourselves dissolving into distant stars and what lies beyond. Perhaps.
Whatever our experience, we welcome this loneliness for the time, being.”

See the complete list of past winners of both Individual Poem Awards and Distinguished Books Awards in the Touchstone Archives.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. One of my favorites, Chad. You’ve illustrated the flavor of loneliness perfectly.

  2. I remember reading this poem, it struck me back then that someone can actually spell out an emotion in so few words. Am so happy to see it has been awarded.

    I am also so happy that the place where a poem has been first published is being mentioned, which is good ethic.

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  4. I am not surprised that Chad continues to garner awards as he is a voice that captures a sense of place that acts like a gyro around him.
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    I reviewed his award-winning collection The Deep End of the Sky and got to meet his publisher Rick Black in person just over a year later, and how much goes into authentically capturing his place of existence.
    The review is part of a four book review/article:

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