WAISTDEEP IN MOONLIGHT
Collection of Haiku Poetry by Dave Fairhurst
A splendid collection...with such a light touch you are always surprised. – Colin Blundell, President British Haiku Society
… reminiscent of such masters as Basho and Ryokan, and … Kerouac…a collection worthy of repeatedly immersing oneself in. – Andrew Taylor, Lecturer of English,
Nottingham Trent University, Poet
David Fairhurst’s haiku trace patterns of motion. Nature ranges from being playfully out of reach to a source of sickness. – Professor Tim Youngs, Nottingham Trent University
… simple moments of everyday life, imbued with a touch of humour and sense of wonder. – Clive Bennett, poet
… playful and insightful, timely and timeless. Sometimes they make us smile, sometimes gasp. Sometimes they cut too deeply for us to do either. – Chris Parker, author
… a distillation of essences: his poems are poignant, pregnant and witty. – Gregory Woods
BEFORE I FORGET THEM
Collection of Haiku Poetry by Jamie Wimberly
English-Language haiku poets are most likely, at times, to take either Bashō or Issa as a model For Jamie Wimberly, however, the more apt comparison must be Buson. Readers are likely to read and interpret the poems of both poets in the context of their visual artistry. It is truly to be said of Jamie Wimberly that his painting vivifies his poems and it is clear that both partake of a shared palette. The emphasis on read, black and white is a statement but not one that lends itself to a manifesto. The open quality of his poems and paintings declines to submit to any sense of flatness of pat finality.
The comparison the Buson has its limitations because this book is so much a product of an American and a twenty-first century sensibility. We pull things loose from the great past and wider world. We present them in conceptual frames that would not have been possible in their origins. This is true of our modern adaptations of haiku and in contemporary representational painting. Both are in motion within this work. And the work is unsettling. This feels right and true.
It feels like life.
Managing Editor, The Heron's Nest