The Deep End of the Sky

The Deep End of the Sky

by Chad Lee Robinson


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Chad Lee Robinson's The Deep End of the Sky, winner of the Turtle Light Press 2014 Haiku Chapbook Competition, takes us deep into the heartland of America-and of ourselves.

"These small poems will take you on a journey through the vast expanses of the American prairie, where you will see, hear and feel the farm landscape and its connection to the cosmos."

Penny Harter, Judge, 2014 TLP Haiku Chapbook Contest

"Robinson has adapted the haiku form to an American Heartland and often rural setting. He is an alert and wise observer of such things as farm work, hunting and fishing. This is an outstanding collection of haiku by a young man who has mastered the form."

David Allan Evans, Poet Laureate of South Dakota

"Chad Lee Robinson uses words the way Frederic Remington used brush and bronze. He beckons the reader not only to the vast landscapes of North America's prairies, but also to the intimate center of human experience."

Billie Wilson, Associate Editor, The Heron's Nest

"A rising star out of the West, Chad Lee Robinson celebrates the Great Plains with a fresh, unique voice. His approach to life is strong and direct, capturing the countryside and its denizens in language that reflects a deep passion for the world he inhabits, immersing the reader in poetry that stimulates the imagination, emotions, and intellect. With powerful images, The Deep End of the Sky sets a high bar for traditional haiku poets, establishing the benchmark for those who wish to convey the essence of place with empathy and heart."

Marian Olson, HSA Merit Book Award-winning author of Desert Hours

"Reading The Deep End of the Sky is to experience a symphony. Robinson's symphony, however, is not achieved through any tumultuous coming together of violins, brass, and thunder. In four movements, this chapbook's 47 haiku achieve the effects of symphonic cohesion and completeness by other means--simplicity, elemental language, direct and vivid imagery. In the hands of a master, these qualities convey the small details of life, death, and the unceasing passage of time, with profound and quiet power. Robinson's poems remind us of what matters. And what matters is that we hear, see, touch and inhale the better part of our being in the company of their art."

Michael McClintock, President, United Haiku and Tanka Society

"Robinson's book, The Deep End of the Sky, lets you breathe and see the prairie as a native. He captures that sense of unhurried time on the range-the far reach of sky between farms and grain elevator towns. His haiku invite the reader to pause, stay awhile, and consider what it means and feels like to live on the prairie, not merely drive across it on a highway."

Randy Brooks, Professor of English, Millikin University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780974814759
Publisher: Turtle Light Press
Publication date: 05/06/2015
Pages: 50
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.12(d)

About the Author

CHAD LEE ROBINSON was born in 1980 in Pierre, South Dakota and grew up along the banks of the Missouri River. He continues to live there with his wife Kimberly and son Nathan, and works as the manager of his father's grocery store.

It was in 2002, Robinson's final year at South Dakota State University, that David Allan Evans, poet laureate of South Dakota, introduced him to haiku by sharing a translation of Basho's haiku about a crow on a bare branch. The attraction was immediate, and Robinson has since devoted all of his creative energy to haiku, senryu and tanka. Much of his work is about small towns and the Great Plains.

Robinson's first chapbook of haiku, Pop Bottles , won the 2009 True Vine Press Summer Chapbook Competition, and was published by the press that same year. His second chapbook of haiku, Rope Marks, was one of eight winners in The Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards 2011, and was published by the press in 2012.

Along with his achievements as a poet, Robinson has served the Haiku Society of America as Plains & Mountains regional coordinator (2006-2011 and again in 2014). He is also a panelist for The Haiku Foundation's Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards. Robinson also edited Gone Fishing, a Per Diem: Daily Haiku feature that appeared on The Haiku Foundation's website in September 2014.

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