It happened! I got published. I got published in an anthology of poems in the UK. Dagda Publishing, who have published two of my poems before on their website, was looking for submissions for an anthology for a collection of Western Haikus and I submitted a couple and I am so happy that they thought it was good enough to be included in the book. I got in! I’m anthologised. I’m quite, quite happy right now.
Western Haiku: A Collection gathers poems from contributors from around the world, I think, to try and capture the essence of the haiku, what the Haiku Society of America calls a “poem in which Nature is linked to human nature.” It is edited by RJ Davey, E Hulme, and A D Warr.
It’s thrilling for me to find myself in a collection of poetry. A lot of the poets here are really good and to have a poem, side-by-side with them, is quite an amazing feat on my part. I haven’t read all the other poems yet (I keep looking at mine and am just in awe that my name is there and my poems are there) but I did read a couple and I’m so stoked because Ross McCooey, Melissa Beasley, and Neil Fawcett, some of the other poets in the collection, are so good. I’m in good company here.
Buying the book will also be a charitable act as proceeds of the sales of every book from Dagda Publishing will be given to charity. For this book, at least, it will be Scope. Scope is a charity organization that gives support to people suffering from mental health issues. It’s a worthy cause.
Please buy the book or at least tell your friends who like to poetry to give it a look-see. I would appreciate it.