Woodland Dreams – Rebooting Infinite Summer

The Infinite Summer reboot is actually on the verge of being finished. All it lacks is a final edit and a cover, so it ought to be out first, I suspect around March. Infinite Summer was my favourite one, and that remains true. This is the “lightest” one thematically, having a ghostly, romantic fairytale vibe. Probably should’ve spent the time I spent on the original on useful literature, but hey, it was pretty fun.

At the risk of deflating my own update post, I honestly don’t have as much to say about it as I imagined I would. I have fewer aspirations with its makeover than the others, I guess. The old versions of the haiku are still posted starting here. I don’t think I’ll remove these, even though they’ve gone through variable changes. There’s not really a reason to. It could be quite fascinating to see the improvements, or disagree with them if you thought the old were better.

If you’ve ever thought about trying your hand at fantasy poetry, you ought to. Don’t be shy about displaying it, either, there needs to be more genre poetry in the world. Fantasy is general is a sort of imagination exercise, but fantasy with the loose non-limits of lyricism is even more so. Not too many publish their fantasy poetry, it seems. Continue reading “Woodland Dreams – Rebooting Infinite Summer”

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No More Dead Haiku

As of Nov. 21st, 2018 I am repealing some, if not all, of my horror-fantasy haiku freebies on Smashwords. Blood Ballet and MHz I am definitely taking out of print, but I’m on the fence about Infinite Summer. Cosmic Love will likely stay since it ended up being surprisingly popular on Goodreads, but it will be updated to match the new rewrite.
These were experiments to toy with poetry formatting and how quickly I could scrap up a cover piece by myself. You want to know anything for your own book in future, feel free to ask.

If you enjoyed reading the haiku back when I posted them on this blog, don’t worry, the old versions will stay there (see below). New, shimmering versions will appear in Absolute Heaven, my upcoming mega-compilation.

Why am I taking them out of print? Well, to be blunt, I fear they’ll scare people away from my serious work, even being free works of obvious dubious effort. I keep being stricken by this notion they will come back to bite me.
There were a lot of egregious issues I missed with the initial Blood Ballet and MHz. Much to my personal chagrin, all of the haiku books combined have totaled over 200 downloads.

Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of heart and thought that went into my haiku books, and at least on Goodreads they met a mostly warm reception, but they just sadden me now. I have over 11 poetry collections and novels to focus on and nurture, these just shouldn’t have been published individually when I should’ve worked on those instead.

If you are passionate with the urge to read the old versions of Blood Ballet, Infinite Summer, MHz or Cosmic Love for whatever madness you harbor, the downloadable eBooks will still be on my Smashwords page until Nov. 21st. I will also post the list of haiku from them I published on this blog, so you can read them whenever you wish here. Just follow the posts, there are about six for each book. The only one of the old versions that will no longer be available online whatsoever is MHz.

Beginning of Cosmic Love
Beginning of Blood Ballet
Beginning of Infinite Summer

“Étude for a Ghost” – Haiku VI

[Originally published as the second half of Infinite Summer.]

51—
A rabbit’s lost tail
There waits a blood-toothed bear here
Hungers patiently

52—
Infidelity
Serpentine gourds hold for me
Dawning amnesia

53—
Somewhere a lung floats
Disembodied but laughing
Violet stains I hear

Continue reading ““Étude for a Ghost” – Haiku VI”

“Étude for a Ghost” – Haiku V

[Originally published as the second half of Infinite Summer.]

41—
Month of solitude
Warm blood, brittle meat of leaves
Drains down scrawny legs

42—
Hum of glass roaches
Uneternal drone of death
My organs slumber

43—
Teeth clatter like pearls
Radiant tendrils of oil
Dissolve my promise

Continue reading ““Étude for a Ghost” – Haiku V”

“Étude for a Ghost” – Haiku IV

[Originally published as the second half of Infinite Summer.]

31—
Braids of snow white hair
Serpent chains ride tundra wind
That lifts her higher

32—
Funnel of ivy
I fall into cursed garden
Eternal evening

33—
Phantom skull I hold
Listens to occult wavelength
Ponders black magic

Continue reading ““Étude for a Ghost” – Haiku IV”

“Infinite Summer” – Haiku III

21—
Wintergreen landscapes
Agoraphobe sees them pass
From between shutters

22—
Sapphire tentacles
Vine, thorn and leaf throttle me
In my prison swamp

23—
Ingrown deity
Sopping pustules reflect none
Of the love you preach

Continue reading ““Infinite Summer” – Haiku III”

“Infinite Summer” – Haiku II

11—
Rust-cracked dahlias
Circle sacrificial pit
God opens her eyes

12—
The lurid solstice
Dreams’ orgy alights the woods
Unfiltered heaven

13—
These industry towns
Harbor of black, steel sorrow
Mollified in glass

Continue reading ““Infinite Summer” – Haiku II”

“Infinite Summer” – Haiku I

1—
Smothered by sunbeams
A century spent scalded
Infinite summer

2—
Noteless songs released
Deflowered branches I break
To weave my death pyre

3—
Marsh bilge coats my heart
Ferns spiral, sea grass mildews
Mold moons orbit me

Continue reading ““Infinite Summer” – Haiku I”

💖Infinite Summer💖 – Release Date and Sample Haiku

Infinite Summer is a love that peaks and dies like the sun’s warmth. Mystical and melancholic, these haiku express the deep agony of love and memories lost to the golden enchantments of midsummer, and broken by the decay of winter thereafter.

Infinite Summer is a new haiku mini-book of mine, and so soon. Its release date is likely to be April 29th, for name-your-price on Smashwords and Kobo – meaning you can download it for free or pay a small amount to help out the author. The rest of April and May will be a very important time for me, as they also mark the beginning of several more serious works, which of course I plan to share tons of lovely notes and tips on to help out fellow writers. Anyway, here are the samples for this collection:

Smothered by sunbeams
A century spent scalded
Infinite summer
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Marsh bilge coats my heart
Ferns spiral, sea grass mildews
Mold moons orbit me
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Reaper, slave to hearts
Cinnabar scars create him
Kiss of blood undone
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Étude for a ghost
She reins dried tears of despair
Song born in waters

Download free copies of my other haiku here on Smashwords.