Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Meet the Author

Wed., July 4, 2018
Imaginary Bookstore
Cloudcroft NM

Friday, June 01, 2018

e pluribus haiku 2018

is here

Saturday, December 30, 2017

e pluribus haiku the novel

OK here's the plan. I've been writing about a thousand a year, three or four a day. I now have a few thousand, from all fifty states and the district, and what they do is make a background. It's very visual, physical, organized by seasons. So, you start out in Alabama and go summer, fall, winter, spring, and then you go to Alaska, that is, until or unless I organize it some other way.

So here's the question: is it possible to superimpose a novel onto this background? A novel, it would be, with a main character, a love interest, a plot, an ongoing story of some kind? Of course it would be possible, and, such a thing could fit into a single book with, say, five thousand. I've begun plotting it out already.

e pluribus haiku 2018 is already in the works. With all the other crazy stuff in my life - dad in hospice, wife in repair from knee surgery, four kids, uncertain job picture (though I'm technically a sub in the Alamogordo schools) - the one thing I stick with is my haiku; I've been able to write four a night. Last night it was South Dakota. I write & publish; this site basically has them all. Only people who read (this far) basically know that much of it is right here all along. The books, as I try to make them complete in and of themselves; I figure that on some level they'll survive longer than the blog. But the blog has been faithful to me too. Those who care about my poetry, here it is, in its original form. When the book comes, you'll read about it here too.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Happy Fourth!

Free on Kindle today

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Meet the Author

Imaginary Books, Downtown Cloudcroft Sat. July 1, 2-5

Saturday, June 10, 2017

e pluribus haiku 2017

a thousand original haiku

Available at Amazon $6.29 + shipping

Available at the Createspace Store $6.29 + shipping

Available on Kindle $3.59

Friday, July 01, 2016


This is a project that has had many purposes. The first one was to document a hitchhiking/boxcar trip that happened in about 1974; I had put things in a journal, but lent the journal to a friend in Iowa City, and he lost it. Since that time, memories of the trip had come to me, and haiku became a convenient way to record them.

Pulling together memories from that trip, I had choices to make: one was whether to include more recent memories, or other pertinent knowledge, even from modern times, in the collection; I did. Another was to be strict to the truth; I didn't, because poetry sometimes demanded allegiance to sound and meter. Finally, I missed a couple of states on the trip and hit a few others only at night, or briefly: I had to fill in the blanks. So I did. It was a little reckless at times.

Putting the poetry on this site had another purpose, as you can see from the URL. Haiku has kigo, or season clues, which are kind of an underlying mood; mine have geographical clues as well (and I'm experimenting with time clues). In the same spirit, these are represented by links. Thus the links recognize the role of subconscious background.

Almost every poem in the project is represented in some form or another on this site; scroll down and you'll find them. It's unruly at times, imperfect, but they were published here first. The books put a thousand in a single collection; in odd years they focus on the trip (true to the seventies); in even years, they are more modern and free-wheeling. The 2018 will be the most modern, free-wheeling of them all; I look forward to presenting it. More notes about the production of each one can be found here, where I talk about the process of writing it, problems with kindle, etc. -TL, 6-17