Patrick M. Pilarski is the co-editor of DailyHaiku, an international journal of contemporary English-language haiku, and poetry editor for its new sister publication DailyHaiga. His first full-length collection, Huge Blue, was released in 2009 by Leaf Press, and he is the author of two chapbooks, most recently Contemplating Vows, written with Nicole Pakan. Patrick's writing has appeared in journals and anthologies across North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, and on CBC Radio One as part of the CBC Poetry Face-off. He has served as Vice President of the League of Canadian Poets, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. Read More →

Huge Blue Has Gone to Press!
31 July 2009

All its bags are packed. It has its plane ticket and traveler's insurance. I even called the embassy to let them know it was leaving the comfortable borders of Draftopia. Yes, Huge Blue has gone to press. In just over a month, it will be released into the world to fend for itself. To make friends (readers), navigate the complex social structures of the big city (reviews), and hopefully even learn a trade or profession (sales).

And no matter how scary the world is, Huge Blue will always know that its parents are proud of it. I cannot say enough wonderful words about Ursula Vaira at Leaf Press. She has made this book into something I could only have dreamed of—both inside and out. It will be small format (4.25" x 5"). 104 pages. Scarlet fly sheets. Everything I would have wished for and more. Have a look for yourself——the cover and a summary are now online.

Huge Blue hits shelves on Thursday, Sept. 17th, 2009. The launch will be grand. It will be exciting. It will have lots and lots of gorgeous, palm-sized books. More information about the launch and the following tour to come soon.

But for now, I'm off to the Rocky Mountains for a chat with a glacier. To hold court with ravens. To have a nice glass of wine in the mountain air. Appropriate, when I remember that's where this started, many many drafts ago—mountains, sky, a pen, and a tea-stained notebook.

huge blue
        the road
disappears in sky


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