universo en un sombrero
by Norberto de la Torre
by Ty Hadman
universo en un sombrero, by Norberto de la Torre
(San Luis Potosí, México: Koan Editores,
second edition, 2001). 30 pages, 8.25 x 5.5,
The chapbook was originally published in 1995. It
contains a six-page introduction followed by seven
tanka and ends with a selection of forty-eight haiku,
all in Spanish. This is not a bilingual edition.
Here are two of the haiku (my translations):
la suma de palabras
y de olvidos.
the sum total of words
and the forgotten.
y el triste otoño,
como los cardos.
and the sad autumn,
like the thistles.
of the haiku and tanka in this chapbook overgeneralize,
and the third line is often the poets conclusion
instead of being open-ended for the reader. The
chapbook does however contain much light, soft touches,
and silent moments that will surely appeal to many
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