Flow, by Del Doughty (Winchester, Va.: Red
Moon Press, 2004). 25 pages, 5½ x 7½, saddle-stapled.
ISBN 1-893959-45-7. $14,00 postpaid from Red Moon
Press, PO Box 2461, Winchester, VA 22604.
and a couple of haibun on the complexities of a
very American life. cars idle in their own exhaust
/ at the drive-thru / black snow, piled high.
Still Falls from the Branch, by Andrew Detheridge
(Lincolnshire, England: Hub Editions, 2005). 85
pages, 6½ x 4½, perfectbound. ISBN 1-903746-47-7.
Inquire from the author at 8 High Haden Road, Haden
Hill, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 7PG, England.
latest collection from a prolific writer. Many nice
poems, but an equal number too intellectually derived.
at the funeral: / still in my jacket pocket
/ last terms piece of chalk
Pieces, by Patricia Neubauer (Greenfield, Mass.:
Tribe Press, 2004). 2 pages, 15½ x 4½, letterpress
printed, hand bound, accordion folded. No ISBN.
$5.30 postpaid from the author at 600 E. Cathedral
Road #G404, Philadelphia, PA 19128.
third book in the Pinch Book series. Each of the
eight haiku illustrates Neubauers response
to a given piece of artwork, which is in most cases
identified after the poem. a child lifted up / to
see above the crowd / that famous smile for the
Flower, by Ruth Holzer (Greenfield, Mass.: Tribe
Press, 2005). 2 pages, 15½ x 4½, letterpress printed,
hand bound, accordion folded. No ISBN. $4.00 postpaid
from the author at 601 Madison St, Herndon, VA 20170.
seventh book in editor Tripis Pinch Book series.
Ten quiet poems on the fragility of life. leftover
birdseed / swept away / the silent house
Petals, by Evelyn Hermann (Concord, California:
Small Poetry Press, 2004). 34 pages, 4½ x 6½, saddle-stapled.
No ISBN. $10.00 from the author at 2 Park Terrace,
Mill Valley, CA 94941.
poet better known for her punny senryu shows off
her more serious sideyet not too serious.
Her poems have a delightfully light touch. rising
sun / across the lake / glint of a fishing line
Motley Sangha, edited by Stanford Forrester
(Wethersfield, Conn.: Bottle Rockets Press, 2005).
36 pages, 4½ x 5½, hand sewn. No ISBN. $6.00 postpaid
in the U.S. (US$7.00 Canada & Mexico, $8.00
elsewhere) from Stanford Forrester, PO Box 290691,
Wethersfield, CT 06129.
the introduction, A sangha is a community
that supports each others practice. In this
case our practice is haiku.
each from Raffael de Gruttola, George Dorsty, Stanford
Forrester, Jerry Kilbride, Larry Kimmel, vincent
tripi, and karma tenzing wangchuk. A nice variety
of voices with many on Buddhist-related themes.
What can someone / mouth full of potatoes say /
about the winter moon? tripi.
Up Haiku, by Christine Freeland (Victoria, B.C.:
Trafford Publishing, 2005). 50 pages, 5½ x 6½, perfectbound.
ISBN 1-41204658-0. $10.50 from Trafford Publishing,
6E 2333 Government Street, Victoria, BC,
V8T 4P4, Canada or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
latest hilarious departure from traditional
nature-driven poetry into the madness of public
buses, tedious chores.
(from the back
cover) by another writer who believes that any random
thought crammed into seventeen syllables makes a
haiku. the heart on his sleeve / is fraying at the
edges / but he cannot sew
to Zazen: A Haiku Anthology, by the Zazen Group
(Tauranga, New Zealand: Kiwiana Publishing, 2004).
93 pages, 6½ x 8½, perfectbound. ISBN 0-9582438-5-9.
U.S.$14.00 postpaid from Ernest Berry, PO Box 272,
Picton, New Zealand.
Zealand poets Bertus de Jonge, Ernest Berry, Tim
Bravenboer, Catherine Mair, Vanessa Proctor, and
Jeanette Stace demonstrate a similarity of experience
no matter our geographic differences. autumn walk
/ the strangers good morning / too lateBerry.
Bulgarian Haiku, selected and edited by Ludmila
Balabanova (Sofia, Bulgaria LCR Publishers, 2005).
150 pages, 4.5½x7.75½; perfectbound. ISBN 954-91270-8-7;
$15.00 plus $4.00 shipping and hangling from Red
Moon Press, PO Box 2461, Winchester VA 22604.
haiku of forty-five Bulgarian poets are here arranged
by topicssome traditional for haiku (seasons,
flowers) and some not so (love, death)with
fine translations by the author together with David
G. Lanoue (English) and Daniel Py (French). This
beautifully produced book will be the baseline anthology
for work in this important corner of the haiku world.
/ How much my sons footprints
/ have grown.Balabanova
One Breaths, written, edited, and with calligraphy
by Walter E. Harris III (Hauppauge, N.Y.: Allbook
Books, 2004). 160 pages; 4½x 6½; perfectbound. ISBN
0-9743603-1-7. $13.00 from Allbook Books, PO Box
14331, Hauppauge, NY 11788-0416.
the editor, How to understand and write haiku,
with applications to personal journaling and modern
poetry. For beginner to advanced. Includes original
haiku by author, plus 22 contributors, many from
Long Island. Also brush-calligraphy with explanations. Sincere but naive.
Imperfect, by Stanley Pelter (Hampshire, England:
Mann Publications, 2004). 88 pages, 6½ x 9½, perfectbound.
ISBN 0954629922. Free from the author while supplies
last, 5 School Lane, Claypole, Newark, NG23 5BQ,
very personal book of haibun on growing up in London
during and after World War II, whose numerous experimental
styles at times, because of the over-use of staccato
prose, unintentionally keep the reader from the
feeling in the moments. no sunlight / seeps into
harder blood / the cold dead
des Augenblicks: Essays zur Poetik des deutschsprachigen
Haiku, edited by Andreas Wittbrodt (Hamburg,
Germany: Hamburger Haiku Verlag, 2004). 150 pages,
5.75½x 8.25½; perfectbound. ISBN: 3-937257-10-1.
$12.80contact the publisher at <www.haiku.de>
or Curschmannstraße 37, 20251 Hamburh, Germany,
top German-language haiku poets write about their
paths in the genre, with many valuable and interesting
observations en route. Participants include movers
and shakers such as Margret Buerschaper, Erika Schwalm,
and Martin Berner; poets whose work is also published
widely in English, such as Klaus-Dieter Wirth, Horst
Ludwig, and Dietmar Tauchner; and many lesser-known
(at least on these shores) personalities. This publication
project from Erika Wübbenas dynamic new
haiku publishing house is impressive.
Contemporary Haiga 2005, edited by Jeanne Emrich
(Edina, Minn.: Lone Egret Press, 2005). 99 pages,
5½ x 8½, perfectbound. No ISBN. $18.00 postpaid
from Lone Egret Press, PO Box 390545, Edina, MN
of the same author/artists from the 2004 installment,
yet a beautifully produced volume that showcases
a wide range of styles. 67 plates, most in color.
Some excellent stuff.