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2018 Haiku Year-in-Review

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The Haiku Year-in-Review: It’s a review, it’s a collaborative grab-bag, it’s a panoply of voices and visions…. it’s the Broadsided Press annual Haiku Year-In-Review (henceforth referred to as the HYIR).

The purpose: to examine, commemorate, and honor the past year in poetry and art. We took inspiration for the HYIR from the tradition of the Carrier’s Address, in which United States newspapers of the 1700s – 1800s would send their subscribers broadsides on the first of the year, ostensibly written by the paper carriers, giving New Year’s wishes, encapsulating the past year’s events, and gently reminding subscribers to thank their underpaid paper-deliverers.

This year, after a hiatus, the editors of Broadsided Press have come together to offer a brief overview of 2018—we hope that 2019’s HYIR is much more celebratory.

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“This is Life”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Gabby Bates: There are so many surreal images in the poem, I had no idea which one the artist would be most inspired by… [Kevin’s] work doesn’t simply represent the poem; it revolutionizes it. Designer Sarah Van Sanden: I wanted to give a sense of the text and the image interacting, playing up what I perceive as an interesting dissonance, even tension between the two. Artist Kevin Morrow: I just wanted to represent the face of the person whom this ‘speech’ was directed to. Bound by worry and not focusing on other things; more pleasing things.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Poet Gabby Bates currently studies creative writing at Auburn University, where she is an undergraduate research fellow and managing editor for The Circle literary magazine. Artist Kevin Morrow is a native of Wisconsin who received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2003. Designer Sarah Van Sanden lives in Seattle, where she takes every opportunity to relish in urban nature. She has studied visual art, botany and design and makes her living designing and building landscapes.

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