In The Years That Went Missing, Susan Antolin digs deeply into herself and her experience to carry readers through life’s seasons. Each poem contributes its own narrative tension as the book explores an undercurrent of medical and personal challenges — years that seemingly interrupted a professional career.
Winner of the Backbone Press Haiku Chapbook Contest
The poems are consistently engaging while being honest and forthright, reaching, at last, for a reset button. We may be relieved to be done with the missing years, but value them also.
Susan Antolin fell in love with modern Japanese poetry while living in Japan in the late 1980s. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad and has garnered several awards, including the Touchstone Award from the Haiku Foundation in 2014. She has served as the newsletter editor for the Haiku Society of America; newsletter editor and past president of the Haiku Poets of Northern California; a frequent judge of haiku contests; and the job she loves most, editor of Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku (acornhaiku.com). Her first collection of haiku and tanka Artichoke Season was published in 2009.