Chad Lee Robinson is a recipient of a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems for 2018 for his poem
deep night sky
the dashboard lights too bright
for this loneliness
It first appeared in Frogpond 41.3.
Commentary from the Panel:
“This ineffable haiku succeeds by conundrum. How can dashboard lights be “too bright” for
the “loneliness” of the poetic narrator — or, indeed, for anyone adrift in the “deep night sky”?
Perhaps we turn off our own lights to immerse ourselves ever more deeply in the deep of night
and space. Perhaps we revel in our mood of detachment from others, from our daily cares and
unmet desires, and feel ourselves dissolving into distant stars and what lies beyond. Perhaps.
Whatever our experience, we welcome this loneliness for the time, being.”
See the complete list of past winners of both Individual Poem Awards and Distinguished Books Awards in the Touchstone Archives.