Archives for July, 2018

Wishbone Moon

Wishbone Moon is a groundbreaking anthology of haiku by women in the international haiku community. As editors we consulted women journal editors and haiku leaders around the globe. We asked them for help in identifying women whose work they regarded highly. The response was enthusiastic. Our thanks to Susan Antolin, Annie Bachini, Marlène Buitelaar, Ferris Gilli, Maeve O’Sullivan, Patricia Prime, Lidia Rozmus, Lynne Rees, Christina Sng, Iliyana Stoyanova, and Irena Szewczyk. Their lists of nominations were the foundation for the anthology. We asked the nominees to give us their very best work. We did not suggest a theme or topic. We wanted to showcase work representing the haiku aesthetic at its best. We believe that is what they gave us, and we thank them. As we made our selections, reading the large body of fine submissions was truly a pleasure.”

— Roberta Beary, Ellen Compton, Kala Ramesh

The War Against the Obvious

“Cornelius Eady’s poems sing America, as Whitman’s did, but amending our national bard, they are mindful of the distance between his America and ours. Race, culture (especially music), family history, and urban life are all in play in a vibrant imagination for which “The sweet worth/ Of pushing/ Any damn wall” is both a “necessary lesson” and a credo. In language brilliantly exact, superbly rendered, by turns harrowing and humorous, it’s no wonder Eady has grown into one of the country’s most admired poets.”

— David Rigsbee


The War Against the Obvious is the second publication by Jacar Press in the Greatest Hits series. This chapbook series, founded by editor Jennifer Bosveld at Pudding House Press nearly two decades ago, was acquired by Sammy Greenspan of Kattywampus Press in 2010. Jacar Press was asked to take over the series under the careful eye of series editor David Rigsbee.

Included with the poetry book is a Bonus album download, Hanging Out with Ms. Sparkle, by the Bow and Verse Project. Words and Music: Cornelius Eady