August 25th, 2009


shell gathering

One set of footprints marks the wet sand. Waves rush in to erase them.

Joined mussel shells look like butterflies, dotting the shore between random clumps of kelp and sea grass.

Then, a perfect scallop shell.

An augur. A sand dollar. Sea glass.

This is how I begin the introduction to the 2009 Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, shell gathering, a wonderful collection of haiku by local poets edited and produced beautifully by Naia.

Anything by Naia is a work of art and this will be no exception.

The cover artwork is by Naia based on a haiku by Wendy Wright. Both are wonderful.

I can't be more excited about this. The countdown to the book launch has started!

This Sunday, August 30th, we will be having a reading and anthology launch at the Pacific Asia Museum, starting at 2:00 p.m. To ensure enough chairs and refreshments, please call Tai-Ling Wong at (626) 449-2742 ext. 20. The event is free with museum admission. Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase at the event.

To get a sneak preview of the book, Naia has posted the front cover, the back cover with comments by Christopher Herold, Kirsty Karkow, and David G. Lanoue, the copyright/disclaimer page, the table of contents, the introduction and Naia's beautiful editorial on her website: