Thank you Lisa. 🙂 Please read on… 🙂
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may remember that I have made the acquaintance of a poet called Celestine through her comments, and I have made reference to the haiku that she shares on her blog, Reading Pleasure. I subscribe to this blog, and so Celestine’s haiku pop into my inbox on a regular basis.
Haiku is, because of its apparent simplicity, more often a travesty of poetry, inane, banal and derivative, but Celestine has adapted this form to create small jewels of thought. Often I find her words consoling, sometimes they lead me to pause and wonder. And I have wanted to have them, not just in ephemeral cyberspace, but mine to have and read whenever and wherever I like. Today, to my delight I have discovered that Celestine has published a collection, Haiku Rhapsodies, and although I can only have it in a Kindle edition, I bought it immediately. (I really want a print edition, to keep by my bedside, to read as I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, much as many would read a Bible).
The poems are grouped into four themes:
I can quote one from Afriku because it is part of the product description at Amazon.
reflects the fading sun
a beggar sits in gloom
Just eleven words, and yet immediately we feel it. A beggar has spent all day fruitlessly. He, or maybe she, has nothing. Nothing at all. There is no judgement, no appeal to the western pocket yet we know that this powerful image is representative of a great injustice in our world.
To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2016/10/11/h…
Links for Haiku Rhapsodies:
At Carpe Diem We are to use these words to write four sets of haiku; rain, young leaves, buds, mountain, silence, monk, river, summer breeze, she, snow, sparrow, blue sky.
young leaves sprout into colours
a carnival of buds
kneeling in the silence
a monk in prayer
by the moonlit river
she dances naked
summer breeze wanes
the sparrow’s flight
tracks the blue sky
Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 21/10/16
The Night You Left
the night you left
not because of the cold pillow
but for the stars that refused to shine
(The Bamboo Hut, Autumn 2016)
Nine (9) of my tanshi (short poems), including the above, have been published in the Autumn 2016 Issue of the Bamboo Hut. Do hop over for your reading pleasure, if you can spare the time. Thank you. 🙂Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 18/10/16
Buy Links for Haiku Rhapsodies:
Done for Carpe Diem
Inspired by Jane Reichhold’s tanka below:
oo old for new love
the moon rises each night
as I remember
the backseats of strange cars
it’s helpful light afterwards
over our entwined bodiesCopyright © Celestine Nudanu 11/10/16