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Fire in the Treetops: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Haiku North America

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The biennial Haiku North America conference celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with "Fire in the Treetops." This anthology assembles all the haiku and senryu published in previous conference anthologies. An extensive introduction by editor Michael Dylan Welch explores the history and future of the conference, and short essays by thirteen contributors feature poems sel ...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published September 24th 2015 by Press Here
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Michael Rehling
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This collection is 'important' first because of the quality of work contained within it's covers, but also for the method of collection/selection that has been used. For the last 25 years, every two years, poets from around the world meet at Haiku North American events. Among the presenters and attendees are some of the best haiku poets in English, and most, if not all, of the best editors of journals of haiku. Although the presentations at these gatherings are themselves meaningful and allow fo ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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Great collection of haiku from participants in Haiku North America conferences. I particularly liked that each conferences had one selected poem and associated essay on my the reader like it.
Carmen Sterba
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I certainly recommend Fire in the Treetops if you are new to haiku and to those who love writing haiku plus haiku poets who have gone to the North America Haiku conferences. I'll tuck in a few haiku from the book:

rising mist
flood waters reach
another slat in the fence

Ce Rosenow

sunny beach---
the grain of sand on my page
has a shadow

Christopher Herold

lonely night
the faces painted on the window
of a toy bus

Cor van den Heuvel

two sand dollars
left by this morning tide---
no more or less

Carmen Sterba

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MICHAEL DYLAN WELCH is a poet and editor who lives near Seattle, Washington. He has published his poetry, essays, and reviews in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including three Norton poetry anthologies, and his poems have been translated into at least twenty languages. He edited the poetry journals Woodnotes and Tundra, and he also runs a small press, called Press Here (since 1989). From 20 ...more

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