Shortlist of Books: Touchstone Awards 2012

by Mark Harris on March 30, 2013

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To all who submitted nominations for the Touchstone Distinguished Book Awardsthank you.

Thanks also to the extraordinary people serving on this year’s panel. They are generous with their time and talent.

92 books were submitted; the quality of the work is high.

The book awards reward collections of poems, or works of scholarship, that make noteworthy contributions to English-language haiku. Award-recipients will be selected from the following list (author names are in alphabetical order):

 

The Art of Haiku: Its History Through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters

by Stephen Addiss, published by Shambhala

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Everything I Touch

by Robert Boldman, published by Red Moon Press

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Haiku 21: An Anthology of Contemporary English-language Haiku

by Lee Gurga and Scott Metz, published by Modern Haiku Press

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The Doors All Unlocked

by Carolyn Hall, published by Red Moon Press

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Nothing More Happens in the 20th Century

by Gary Hotham, published by Pecan Grove Press

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Bog Cotton: haiku stories & haiku

by Ken Jones, Published by Alba Publishing

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Bamboo Dreams: an Anthology of Haiku Poetry from Ireland

edited by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, published by Doghouse Books

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Frog Poet

by David Lanoue, published by Red Moon Press

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Bending Reeds: Yuki Teikei Members’ Anthology

edited by Patricia Machmiller, published by Patsons Press

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A Life in Fall

by John Martone, published by Samuddo/Ocean

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Microscope Field

by John Martone, published by Samuddo/Ocean

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Skeleton Key

by John Martone, published by Samuddo/Ocean

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Lakes & Now Wolves

by Scott Metz, published by Modern Haiku Press

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Selected Haiku: Parts 1 & 2

by Kaneko Tohta, trans. the Kon Nichi Translation Group, published by Red Moon Press

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Nick Virgilio: A Life in Haiku

by Nick Virgilio, edited by de Gruttola, published by Turtle Light Press

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[for the first couple of years in the life of the Touchstones, award years ended in September. Why? Because it takes a long time to read the books. That was confusing, though, so for the 2012 Awards we switched to an award year coinciding with the calendar year. Therefore, a few of the above titles were released in the last quarter of 2011. From now on, award years will coincide with each calendar year.]

{ 2 comments }

Peter Yovu April 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I do not wish it to go unsaid: I have found the work of both Martone and Metz eminently worth reading.

Robert D. Wilson April 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Nick Virgillo’s A Life in Haiku is brilliant. Haiku 21 is a collection of the same old, same old unmemorable haiku-like poetry. Frog Poet is a delightful read. .Kaneko Tohta’s is important. Martone and Metz’s books are not worth reading. Addiss’ book is valuable, Bending Reeds is disappointing. Bamboo Dreams is the better anthology.

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