Poetry. Foreword by Penny Harter. LIFTING THE SKY is the first in a new series from Dos Gatos Press: Poetry of the American Southwest. A perfect marriage of form—haiku—and subject—the limitless inspirations of the American Southwest—LIFTING THE SKY is essential reading for haiku and poetry lovers everywhere. With thirty-three stunning haiga, this collection is also a treat for the eye. Penny Harter, co-author of The Haiku Handbook (25th Anniversary Edition, 2010), contributed the foreword. "Here," Harter says, "we enter haiku and haiga that take us through the beauties of the landscape—from desert and mountains to the sea; poems that express the poets' political, spiritual, mythical, cultural, and deeply personal connections to the Southwest; poems that make us laugh or cry; and poems drenched in light that repeatedly carry us from the Earth into the stars and galaxies. As does the landscape, these poems lift us out of ourselves."
Scott Wiggerman is the author of two books of poetry, Presence and Vegetables and Other Relationships, as well as the editor of several volumes, including WINGBEATS: EXERCISES AND PRACTICE IN POETRY (Dos Gatos Press, 2011) and BIG LAND, BIG SKY, BIG HAIR. He has published widely—from journals such as Comstock Review, SPILLWAY, Southwestern American Literature, Switched-on Gutenberg, and Hobble Creek Review (which has twice nominated him for a Pushcart); to anthologies such as City of the Big Shoulders, Among the Leaves, Two Southwests, Collecting Life, and This New Breed; to nonfiction texts such as Poetry as Spiritual Practice, The Book of Forms, and Poem, Revised. A popular instructor of poetry workshops,Scott is chief editor for Dos Gatos Press, publisher of the Texas Poetry Calendar.Constance Campbell is a poet, editor, and playwright. Her haiku, tanka, and other short poems have been published in Lilliput Review, The Texas Observer, Borderlands, Moonbathing, and online at One Hundred Gourds. In 2011, one of her haiku won first prize in the Medizen Micropoetry Competition, sponsored by the London-based visual artist/micropoet Juliea Stewart. Constance is very proud to have had this poem hanging in an art gallery in Japan as part of a collaborative work by Stewart. In 2004, Constance edited and published the poetry collection Wild Plum, which featured poets from Austin, Texas, along with notables from other areas of the U.S. and overseas. As a playwright, she had two children's plays produced in Austin, one of which was written while playwright-in- residence at St. Edward's University. Author City: AUSTIN, TX USA