From the Delta Poetry Review – “Jianqing Zheng lives in the Mississippi Delta and has published poetry in journals including the Arkansas Review, Louisiana Literature, Mississippi Review and Poetry South. He is the editor of five scholarly books on Richard Wright, Sonia Sanchez, Gish Jen, Sterling Plumpp, and African American Haiku.
In the introduction, Jianqing writes – “Frankly, life in the flatland can be flat. For me, a creative way to make life a tad bit bumpy or lively or lovely is to haiku it with dawnlight, sunlight, and twilight so that it will become more sunbright, more sunsational, and more sunlicious. Included in this collection are 56 haiku and 30 photographs with a single topic on the Delta sun.” Other books by Jianqing in the digital library include: Found Haiku and The Porch.
against the muzzle
of a cannon
a leaf spirals down
to its shadow
delta sun so hot for so long for the whole summertime
his bloodshot eyes
after night shift
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