A New Resonance 12
Anthology of Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku
Co-Editors: Jim Kacian & Julie Warther
17 Contributors ~ 175 pages
Price: $20.00
Publisher: Red Moon Press
ISBN: 978-1-947271-79-1
To Order: https://redmoonpress.com/catalog/


Whether you are a seasoned haiku poet, a beginner, or merely a “seeker” after
something new to pique your poetic interests, A New Resonance 12 will reward
you with every turn of the page. Seventeen poets showcase the whole range of
haiku; from monoku (haiku written in a single line), senryu (pronounced send-
drew) which focuses on “human” foibles, or haiku with traditional “nature”
themes, co-editors Kacian and Warther have garnered a collection that speaks to
everyday life. A standout feature of New Resonance is the brief profile of each
contributor which precedes examples of their work. Haiku is a world unto itself.
A New Resonance 12 lifts the curtain on that world.


A New Resonance 12 provides readers with insight into the directions taken by
contemporary English-language haiku. New Moon Press has identified 17 rela-
tively new voices in the world of haiku/senryu to highlight. The poems feature
such disparate subjects as nature, sorrow, sexuality, death, and common everyday
activities. Some, such as this one by Debbie Strange, are mysterious, hiding stor-

       the sister I didn’t know I had … rhizomes

Others paint pictures we may have seen, but without the artist’s eye, as this
monoku by Mary Jo Balistreri:

       the open lids of grand pianos sailing a sun-struck wall

This volume provides a rich serving of haiku and senryu from poets in the U.S,
New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the U.K. It is well worth the price.
—Wilda Morris, author of Pequod Poems: Gamming with Moby-Dick

“Michael Nickels-Wisdom is just one of the 17 contributors to co-editors Kacian
and Warther’s anthology, A New Resonance 12. About haiku, Nickels-Wisdom
avers, ‘It’s not personal: though we are predisposed to think it is, the universe is
not especially concerned with what we think of it. Knowing that opens to a great
latitude of possible responses.’ After reading Michael’s haiku along with those of
the other gifted poets in this superb anthology, I came away with a fresh appreci-
ation for the craft. I’m betting others will too.”
—Michael Escoubas, author of Images: A Collection of Ekphrastic Poetry


Julie Warther Schwerin, author of What Was Here (Folded Word Press), recently
married fellow haiku poet Dan Schwerin and moved from Ohio to Wisconsin. She
served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of
America. Now, she is an associate editor at The Heron’s Nest and member of the
Red Moon Anthology editorial team. She was one of seventeen poets featured in
A New Resonance 9 (Red Moon Press) and has co-edited, along with Jim Kac-
ian, Echoes 2 and A New Resonance 11, both of Red Moon Press. In addition,
Schwerin was instrumental in establishing several haiku installations in the Mid-
west including The Forest Haiku Walk at the Holmes County Open Air Art Muse-
um in Millersburg, Ohio, the Seasons of Haiku Trail at The Holden Arboretum in
Kirtland, Ohio, and Words in Bloom: A Year of Haiku at the Chicago Botanic
Garden, to feature the work of other poets and bring further awareness to haiku.

Jim Kacian was born in Worcester, MA, then adopted and raised in Gardner, MA.
He wrote his first mainstream poems in his teens and published them in small po-
etry magazines beginning in 1970. He also wrote, recorded, and sold songs while
living in Nashville in the 1980s. Upon his return to Virginia in 1985 he discovered
English-language haiku, for which he is best known.

In 1993, he founded Red Moon Press, and in the same year began editing the hai-
ku journal South by Southeast. Kacian's Red Moon Press is the largest publisher of
haiku and haiku-related books outside Japan, with a current catalog of over 60 ti-
tles in print, and producing some dozen titles a year, including 12 years of the
award-winning annual Red Moon Anthology. This was followed in 1998 with the
editorship of Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America.


Bio and Haiku Excerpted from Hannah Mahoney, Copy Editor:

“There is tranquility to Mahoney’s work that lets the reader slow down, breathe
more deeply, notice what might not otherwise be noticed.”

first warm day
a turtle rests its chin
on the one in front

an ant slips
into a peony blossom
clouds heavy with rain

the glide
between breast strokes

soft serve as the wharf
a sloop coming in
on evening wind

Bio and Monoku Excerpted from Matthew Moffet, Educator:

“It’s Moffett’s consistent one-line format that first catches the reader’s eye. Moffet
employs many techniques to great effect, including pacing (‘at 70 mph’), enjamb-
ment which achieves disjunction (‘moonflower opening’) and concreteness or lan-
guage that mimics the subject of the poem (‘monarch eggs’), all of which create
multiple readings for each poem.”

at 70 mph changing leaves

winter deepens a familiar stray cat’s absence

morning moon through the looking glass of vodka

ants emerging through one crack in our quarantine

another school shooting the breeze barely sways a field of narcissi

dust of skin on the orchid’s leaves dead of winter


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