(Cover photo taken from Amazon)
Paperback: 84 pages
Publisher: Holistic Linguistics (30 Sept. 2018)
Paperback: £9.99 Kindle: £5.99
Written by Xenia Tran, who may be better known to users of WordPress as the author of Whippet Wisdom.
First, a disclaimer – my Kindle only does black and white so I can’t tell you what the pictures look like in colour. They are good, dynamic shots in monochrome, so I expect they will be as good or better in colour.
There are 59 poems in this book, which makes it a proper collection, with an identity and a life of its own. A lot of the books I’ve bought recently have been a bit sparse to say the least and have failed to pass this test.
My initial reaction on reading the book was that the haibun and longer poems were the best parts and the haiku were, surprisingly, trailing behind. I’ve re-read the book twice and revised my opinion slightly – I still think the haibun and the longer poems (up to 44 words) are the best of the book but the haiku are looking a lot better now.
I think this was probably a case of it being easy to overlook haiku when there are more substantial pieces to read, and when you are keen to read it to the end and see what it contains. A slower re-reading gives the haiku more chance to work on the reader. To be fair the real point is that I should read more slowly, rather than that the haiku are at fault.
So there you go, a good read and much better than the average offering. I’m looking forward to the next book now.
There is more information here if you want it.