Jim Kacian publishes so many readworthy books. Probably few people outside the ELH (English language haiku) circuits of publishing realize some of the most interesting experimental writing these days is being done in haiku and related shorter forms. Some of my favorite magazines fall under that (concentrically expanding) genre. Kacian’s Red Moon press has published some of the wildest, genre-bending lit in the past few decades.
I have so many Red Moon books in this house. I have too many favorite authors, truly, but just off the top of my head I would highly recommend anything by Dietmar Taucher, Elmedin Kadric and Scott Metz.
I’m happy to be included in the 2022 review anthology which was just published this past month. You can visit Red Moon for yourself and check out the rather weighty back catalog of available titles.
The press sums it up: “The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku each year assembles the finest haiku and related forms published around the world into a single book.”
Jim Kacian’s writings are something to which I enjoy returning, from his early books like Presents of Mind to his more experimental work the past few decades.
I feel it’s unfortunate that most people outside these haiku circles fail to realize how much it has become a self-hybridizing and wild and natural and absorptive thing. If you dip in this pool, you may never leave.
I also love that small format for haiku books, just about the size of a slice of bread. I love holding in my hands a very small book with a very large consciousness.