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.