Don’t miss the Acorn supplements!
In Due Season, a discussion of the role of kigo in English-language haiku. Spring, 2000. 68 pp., saddle-stitched. (This volume was released in conjunction with Acorn #4; it may now be purchased separately.)
This volume examines the role of seasonality in the Japanese poetic tradition and its adaptability into the equivalent English forms; various viewpoints and approaches are discussed and compared. How to utilize season words is the biggest quandary to face the evolution of our concept of English-language haiku since the discussions of form which occupied the first few decades of its existence. With essays by Jim Kacian, Dhugal Lindsay, Jane Reichhold, Charles Trumbull, and Michael Dylan Welch, this volume is sure to become a critical reference book for students and writers of haiku in the new millenium.
“This is a timely publication of a collection of essays on kigo from leading thinkers and writers in haiku. . . . an important contribution to the debate that deserves a wide audience.” New Hope International Review
“. . . highly recommended.” Modern Haiku
An HSA Merit Book Award winner, for theory.
New Moon, an introduction to issues in contemporary American tanka. Fall, 2001. 56 pp., saddle-stitched. (This volume was released in conjunction with Acorn #7; it may now be purchased separately.)
Tanka is a poetic genre closely related to haiku (and preceding it historically); haiku writers and readers often come across it but without any real understanding of the criteria by which to judge this longer form. Guest editor Keneth Tanemura presents some contemporary tanka, which show the range of subject and expression of today’s English-language writers, and also starts some discussions aimed at exploring the ways in which haiku and tanka differ and how each offers unique challenges and opportunities. A rare theoretical resource on contemporary tanka, a genre of widening current popularity.
In Good Company, an exploration of haiku-related linked forms. Spring, 2003. 71 pp., saddle-stitched. (This volume was released in conjunction with Acorn #10; it may now be purchased separately.)
Descriptions of renku, rengay, haibun and a host of newer related genres/forms that involve haiku linked with each other, with prose, or with other types of art. The book offers technical and artistic considerations for approaching these genres, as well as explorations of their relationships to haiku, discussed by some of their outstanding practioners and theorists. Don’t miss this inspiring volume!
A Loose Thread, selected poems from ten years of Acorn, with commentary. Spring, 2008. 51 pp., saddle-stitched. (This volume was released in conjunction with Acorn #20; it may now be purchased separately.)
Poems chosen by Acorn founder A.C. Missias from the first 20 issues, presented with an editor’s commentary on what makes each successful and/or personally enjoyable. Worth reading for the outstanding haiku and for the insights into how an informed reader sees the elements working together; also a good introduction to the genre for those who may not have previously appreciated the depth of such simple poems. Includes ink drawings by Philadelphia artist Janice Merendino.