Yes, I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. What else is new?
Still in the midst of putting the finishing touches on the Red Moon Anthology (tanka that depict the world we’ve been living in–title still unrevealed), I swore I’d never do another anthology, but being in lockdown mode week after week and now going into months, I’ve been dreaming a lot as have many others. This time around I am the only editor/curator so the whole creation begins and ends with me. I only have myself to argue with.
In a nutshell, I’m looking for dream poems that contain specific content, not simply musings about a dream, or fantasies and wishes. Dreams have their own wisdom, their own illogical vibe. I ask that they be written in the present tense. The dreams can be in any Japanese poetic form–haibun (haiku prose), senryu, haiku, tanka, kyoka or cherita. They need to be well crafted. If you’re not sure of your piece, ask a trusted friend for their input. For I will suggest edits if I think appropriate (so, if you’re touchy, maybe don’t submit). Hint: sometimes your significant other is not the person to ask.
I would also consider dream fragments — example, my wail from a catbird sharpens the knife*
Initially I ask that you send me work in personal messenger. If I decide a piece is right for the book, we can proceed to email.
As of now, no deadline. Depending upon how things are in this world, I hope to publish in Spring 2021. There are a lot of books written about dreams. Always a good starting place is to familiarize yourself with Carl Jung’s work. I believe our dreams are not just meant for the dreamer, but meant for all of us, globally. Best not to interpret any of the dream poems you send me because our own filter is just that–a limitation.
Here is an example of a dream poem written in haibun form. There are quite a few dream poems in my latest books Scratches on the Moon (Haibun), Touchstone Book Award (2019, Amazon, Kindle) as well as The Color Blue (Red Moon Press) not to mention my Elvis in Black Leather (Pushcart Prize nominee based on an entire dream sequence about my relationship with the king himself (Modern English Tanka Press, 2007)
Tarot: Haiku and Haibun
*Scratches on the Moon