Jumble Box Anthology
The authors of thousands of NaHaiWriMo poems posted to the Facebook page in February of 2017 were in for a surprise. NaHaiWriMo founder Michael Dylan Welch selected hundreds of these poems for a new book, with the poems arranged by each of the month’s daily prompts. He invited Ron C. Moss to create a haiga for a favourite poem written in response to each of the day’s prompts. Ron also provided the book’s cover art. The result is Jumble Box, a collection of 324 haiku and senryu by 100 NaHaiWriMo contributors from around the world, with 28 haiga by Ron C. Moss, complete with an introduction and afterword by Michael Dylan Welch.
“Haiku is a hand beckoning, a door half-opened, a mirror wiped clean. It is a way of returning to nature, to our moon nature, our cherry blossom nature, our falling leaf nature, in short, to our Buddha nature.” —R. H. Blyth
Perfectbound, 240 pages, 6 x 9 inches, Press Here, ISBN 978-1-878798-39-8.
Explore the book (these links take you to Graceguts.com)
Introduction (“Opening the Jumble Box” by Michael Dylan Welch)
Afterword (“Next Steps with Haiku” by Michael Dylan Welch)
Haiga Selections (by Ron C. Moss, presenting three of the book’s 28 haiga)
Poem Selections (28 of the book’s 324 haiku and senryu)
“Jumble Box is a wonderful book. Michael Dylan Welch’s fantastic website, NaHaiWriMo.com (for National Haiku Writing Month), and its Facebook page, are active all year and an inspiration to all of us—for some of us a haven and consolation in difficult times. It is always there with its prompts and community. He gives the prompts each February and assigns the other months. For an online site like this to honor its participants with a printed book is rare and precious. It includes haiku by 100 poets from diverse cultures, honoring many poems from each day of February. And such a great book. One of its finest features is that each day is highlighted by a beautiful haiga by Ron C. Moss, illustrating a haiku of his choice. Readers should be grateful that this book exists as a fine tribute to online inspiration, writing, and community. Deep thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the good energy and vision to bring Jumble Box into existence.” —Kathabela Wilson