I found out yesterday that my picture book, Happy Haiku, has been shortlisted for the prestigious American Haiku Foundation Award. This is the second time I have been fortunate enough to experience this, as my chapbook Not Like Fred and Ginger, was shortlisted for a Touchstone Award in 2014.
To say it gave me pause for reflection would be an understatement. The first book chronicled my very challenging journey with cancer from 2010-2013. There was a time that I didn’t know that I would still be here in 2020, let alone have another book, particularly a happy one, worthy of such recognition.
This is probably a thinly veiled attempt to say that in troubled times, we must do our best to hold on and always look forward to better days ahead.
I am grateful to the American Haiku Foundation and the Touchstone Committee and judges for this honour.
“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” William Woodsworth