July 31st, 2006

Egrets Reading

Chapbook storage?

Last night I got together with a couple of friends from my haiku group to bid farewell to Jerry Ball who is moving back to Northern California. Jerry brought a box of poetry chapbooks and told us he couldn't possibly take them with him and asked us to help ourselves. We all ended up with a little stack of chapbooks and haiku books to take home.

Some of the "treasures" I acquired include issues of Frogpond from 1981-1983, Too Busy for Spring from Haiku North America 1999, Fresh Scent: Selected Haiku of Lee Gurga, Love Haiku: Masajo Suzuki's Lifetime of Love translated by Lee Gurga and Emiko Miryashita, Full Moon Serenade by William Scott Galasso, My Neighbor's Life: The San Damiano Anthology, Sunlight Comes and Goes by Francine Porad, Light and Shadow (HSA member anthology 1998), Haiku Tapestry by Naomi Y Brown, and Haiku Guy by David G Lanoue.

Of course, the big question is where to keep all of these great little collections of poetry. A month ago a friend of my son's who writes tanka and haiku came over for dinner and it was great to be able to pull out a portion of my chapbook collection. The problem is that I had them all over the house and I was running all over the place to gather them up. It'd be really nice to have an area in my house that would be my poetry sanctuary, my poetry library.

Some of my haiku books are challenging because they're too small to fit on bookshelves. For example, I have this lovely tanka chapbook by Pamela Miller Ness called Like Salt on Sun Spray and it contains full color prints of watercolor paintings by Susan Frame. It measures only 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. So, it doesn't really work on a shelf but it's too beautiful to hide in a box.

It's not the only odd-sized book - In Borrowed Shoes by Fay Aoyagi is 4 x 5 1/4 inches, buddha's fingerprint by Stanford M Forrester is 4 x 5 3/4 inches, Mostly Autumn Haiku by Kiyoko Tokutomi is 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches, and my own Seaside Moon is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.

odd sized books
on the coffee table
his one-liner