Tuesday, July 22, 2008

2008 SCHSG Anthology

Southern California Haiku Study Group 2008 Anthology
above the tree line

above the tree line features 30 southern California haiku poets, offering an amazing range of regional perspectives and inspired voices. The title of this year's anthology was taken by a haiku written by SCHSG member Wendy Wright:

Perseid dawn
stars fade one by one
above the tree line

-Wendy Wright

above the tree line

  • perfect bound
  • 75 pages
  • glossy, color cover
  • 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
  • features haiku, haibun and artwork by southern California haiku poets
  • includes back-cover comments by Fay Aoyagi, Stephen Addiss, Ferris Gilli, Jim Kacian, and Michael Dylan Welch

Ferris Gilli (Associate Editor of The Heron's Nest) writes, "above the tree line is a treasure trove of genres and styles . . . from the cover to the last poem, the imagery in this lovely book sets a standard for group anthologies."

Michael Dylan Welch (Haiku Society of America 2008 Regional Coordinator, WA) writes, "The group's participants who variety and emotional range in their work, and this anthology, th group's largest yet, is an inclusive showcase of a vibrant and enviable haiku scene."

Fay Aoyagi (Haiku Society of America 2008 Regional Coordinator, CA) writes, "The world presented by haiku can be a door to the undiscovered land in a reader's mind. I took many memorable journeys through this book."

Sample haiku from the Southern California Haiku Study Group 2008 anthology
above the tree line

receding surf
the undercurrent
in her voice

-Darrell Byrd

winter sun
shadow birds hop
shadow branches


cottonwood rattle--
the wordlessness
of his final day

-Deborah P. Kolodji

each there
for the other--
moon and pine

-Michael McClintock

parting . . .
the clatter of train tracks
into dark


with a shake
of her beach towel
yellow butterflies

-Victor Ortiz

first call
of the year

-Kath Abela Wilson


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