Chapbooks read

55. for the love of Black girls by Tatiana M.R. Johnson (Indie, 2017) is earlier poems than what we got graced with an audience at Tree Reading Series and these are grrrl power: “grow into everything you have never been told you could be.” It urges thriving despite. “Maybe survival starts in a root deep in trauma’s soil that it funnels through generations of seeds like fire until the entire tree is burning.”
56. Prairie Interludes by Debbie Strange (Snapshot Press, 2020) is tiny. Each digital page is the space of a third of an 8 1/2 by 11 so the chapbook is 24 haiku long, a summing of award winning, honorable mentions and editor’s choice poems of the 5 previous years. The most moving I found was this, “dandelion seeds/I smooth mother’s hair/across the pillow”
57. One Bowl by Penny Harter (Snapshot Press, 2012) is 20 standard-sized pages but moves quickly in haibun. They are stories from her life as a new widow, touching and worthwhile and a free download from the press.
58. Degrees of Acquaintance by Glenn G. Coats (Snapshot Press, 2019) is a 30-page haibun of autobiographical reflections, from childhood awareness of father to a cow having trouble delivering. They are lovely articulate moments.