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Book of the Week – Flecks of Blue by Maya Lyubenova

From commentary by Jane Reichold, “I have met Maya Lyubenova … [and have come] to admire her work in haiga. No wonder that in 2009, she was declared a Master Haiga Artist. Though Flecks of Blue does not contain any of her haiga, the book does show how adept she is in writing haiku … Because each of her haiku are flecks of perfection, the reader can relax and sink down into the pleasure of her timeless observations.”

Maya Lyubenova (12 September 1956 – 30 December 2016) was one of the co-founders of Shoshin Haiku Circle. She wrote poetry in both English and Bulgarian and her haiku, senryu, and haiga appeared in some of the most respected international journals. In 2010 Arts Publishing House, Blagoevgrad released her bilingual collection “Flecks of Blue /Парченца синьо”.

The Shoshin Haiku Circle sponsors an International Haiku Contest dedicated to the memory of Maya Lyubenova. For contest guidelines, please visit Maya Lyubenova International Haiku ContestAccording to the contest website, the submission period is January 1, 2024 to February 28, 2024.

rainy afternoon
in the crown of a walnut
a fleck of blue

from an icicle’s tip …

in the meadow the swish
of a scythe

wishing well –
the words I whisper
back in my face

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite poem from the book with us.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2018 or earlier that you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details. Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by the THF Digital Librarian Kenneth Pearson and are used with permission.

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  1. Thank you for introducing us to this wonderful book. Ms. Lyubenova’s work is beautiful and engaging, definitely a book worth reading and revisiting many times in the future. I am definitely going to seek out more of her haiku.

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