Saša Važić reviews Jack Fruit Moon by Robert D. Wilson
Jack Fruit Moon by Robert D. Wilson; published by Modern English Tanka Press, Baltimore, Maryland 21236, USA; pp. 204; ISBN 978-0-9817691-4-1; preface by Dr. Steven D. Carter; forward by Sanford Goldstein.
You’ve known me for years, better than anyone else. That’s what Robert says. And I stop to think…. Never seen that man. Does he even exist? Could be as I used to get a coltrane’s e-mails with a bulk of haiku, tanka, haibun… almost every day for some two or three years… I did not even have time to take a breath, to calm down my feelings. It was almost unbearable. The e-mail man never asked how I felt nor such a banal question as is: do you like my poems? I used to call him shadowman….a man from the shadow during those days. He had nothing against each other… So, we agreed. I know him.
this gnarled tree reminds
me of an old
man riding a bicycle
in his underwear
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Carmel Summers (Pennant Hills, NSW)
“A concise poem, based on a sensual observation of the natural
world, that bridges the gap between nature and human understanding,
behaviour, feelings and thoughts.”
Karen Coller (Baronia, Vic)
“Haiku is wonder in a heartbeat; a moment to say ‘yes’ to life.
Haiku is brightness in a raindrop; a wing beat of thought
on the cheek and in the heart. Haiku pens a precious, funny
or insightful moment for us.”
Mandy Langenhorst (Brisbane, Qld)
‘a connection with nature expressed as briefly as the synaptic
flash that registered it.’
Greg Piko (Yass, ACT)
(1) ‘A haiku is a brief poem that evokes an insight into our
world and its peoples through the association of images.’
(2) …the following comment, attributed to Marcel Duchamp, is
especially relevant to haiku:
‘It is not what you see that is art, art is the gap.’
Alexander Ask (Beaumont, SA)
‘Haiku is a unique perception of nature captured in a simple
Beverley George, President of Haiku Oz, was interviewed statewide on ABC Hobart 7ZR by Siobhan Maiden on February 13 2009 about the bushfire haiku on our web-site and invited to read several out, as well as discuss haiku more generally.
Lorin Ford’s haiku collection, a wattle seedpod, has been warmly reviewed by Matthew Paul in Presence #37 [UK] . The review quotes eight of Ford’s haiku, carefully selected to showcase the range of her work. Mention is also made of the ‘beautiful artwork’ by Ron Moss.
Helen Davison (Alstonville, NSW)
‘Haiku are concise poems, without poetic contrivances,
capturing a moment in the present. Set in nature, they
express a universal sensory fact.’
Bett Angel-Stawarz (Barmera, SA)
“A haiku is a short poem about the real world that prompts the
reader to make discoveries that enrich their lives”.
Leigh Rees (Brunswick Heads, NSW)
‘… implementing a fine-edged scalpel to shape poetic
responses into a simple sculpture that touches a universal
chord in the hearts of listeners/readers.’
Rupert Summerson (Canberra, ACT)
‘Seventeen syllables / Japanese season poem / Captures the
David McMurray (Kagoshima City, Japan)
‘An immensely powerful though intrinsically limited instrument,
like the Australian didgeridoo, haiku finds enormous beauty within
peterb (Moonset publisher) opines
“Haiku are sensual awarenesses of man, his natural perceptions; Simply recorded (hopefully denouncing influences of the contemporary worlds’ surround) and offered up for others to review, enjoy, and ponder. Thus, challenging each, to create their “own” awareness … their “own” haiku.
Nathalie Buckland (Nimbin, NSW)
‘Haiku is a moment in time, sketched in a few words, shaped by the sensory experiences and emotions of the writer.’
Agnieszka Niemira (Toowong, Qld) endorses John Bird’s: ‘A haiku is a brief poem, built on sensory images from the environment. It evokes an insight into our world and its peoples.’ and Agnieszka adds:
‘Haiku is an epiphany put into (very few) words.’
Gavin Austin ( Elizabeth Bay, NSW)
‘… the snapshot of a moment from life.’
Carol Negiar (Chajin -The House of Japanese Green Tea, Paris, France)
“A short poem with 3 lines, which in Japanese corresponds to 5, 7 and 5
syllables, but can stray from that in languages other than Japanese.
Description of a unique moment.a surprise ending. no rhymes. an evoked