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Started by flowerfox, January 24, 2019, 08:39:03 AM

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flowerfox

I'm not new to the site, but would still like to enquire about a specific topic.

Could anyone recommend a modern or contemporary collection of haiku and related forms about death.
Yes, death poems. I would just like to read them for inspiration.

Thank you.

AlanSummers

Hi Carol,

I think Robert Epstein is the go-to guy for this topic, here's the current in print anthologies:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Robert+Epstein+haiku

Alan

Quote from: flowerfox on January 24, 2019, 08:39:03 AM
I'm not new to the site, but would still like to enquire about a specific topic.

Could anyone recommend a modern or contemporary collection of haiku and related forms about death.
Yes, death poems. I would just like to read them for inspiration.

Thank you.
Alan Summers,
founder, Call of the Page
https://www.callofthepage.org

flowerfox

Thank you for your help Alan, I've ordered the book you have recommended, I just know it will be what I am looking for.

Many thanks

flowerfox

Received the book, Haiku Days of Remembrance - Robert Epstein.

I know many people skip the beginning of a book and dive straight into the main pages, the poetry within this book are heartfelt and understandable, but please read the 'preface' this reading gives a deeper meaning to the poems.

Our senses bring memories flooding back of friends and family that have left us, after reading the preface and then this verse-

sundown
I listen harder
for birdsong
.
Robert Epstein

Wonderful.

AlanSummers

That's a good point Carol! I always love to read any introductory piece, be it preface, foreword, blurbs, introduction, as they often help us when reading the pieces as a whole.

And if you want to, maybe put in your informative commentary that you've posted here onto Amazon, maybe do that?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haiku-Days-Remembrance-Honor-Father/dp/1732502307/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548929526&sr=8-1&keywords=Robert+Epstein+haiku

Just a thought! I try to leave mini-reviews when I can, as so many books aren't really haiku, and it must be a nightmare for anyone not a regular reader of haiku.

Alan



Quote from: flowerfox on January 31, 2019, 05:53:50 AM
Received the book, Haiku Days of Remembrance - Robert Epstein.

I know many people skip the beginning of a book and dive straight into the main pages, the poetry within this book are heartfelt and understandable, but please read the 'preface' this reading gives a deeper meaning to the poems.

Our senses bring memories flooding back of friends and family that have left us, after reading the preface and then this verse-

sundown
I listen harder
for birdsong
.
Robert Epstein

Wonderful.
Alan Summers,
founder, Call of the Page
https://www.callofthepage.org

bobwhitmire

Not all haiku, but Japanese Death Poems, compiled by Yoel Hoffman, opened my eyes.

https://tinyurl.com/yafe5qp2

~ Bob

flowerfox

Quote from: AlanSummers on January 31, 2019, 10:15:48 AM
That's a good point Carol! I always love to read any introductory piece, be it preface, foreword, blurbs, introduction, as they often help us when reading the pieces as a whole.

And if you want to, maybe put in your informative commentary that you've posted here onto Amazon, maybe do that?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haiku-Days-Remembrance-Honor-Father/dp/1732502307/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548929526&sr=8-1&keywords=Robert+Epstein+haiku

Just a thought! I try to leave mini-reviews when I can, as so many books aren't really haiku, and it must be a nightmare for anyone not a regular reader of haiku.

Alan



Quote from: flowerfox on January 31, 2019, 05:53:50 AM
Received the book, Haiku Days of Remembrance - Robert Epstein.

I know many people skip the beginning of a book and dive straight into the main pages, the poetry within this book are heartfelt and understandable, but please read the 'preface' this reading gives a deeper meaning to the poems.

Our senses bring memories flooding back of friends and family that have left us, after reading the preface and then this verse-

sundown
I listen harder
for birdsong
.
Robert Epstein

Wonderful.



I will do that this evening, thank you for the nudge and introducing me to a wonderful book. I've read some of your reviews when I do a search for haiku books...eloquent, and penned by one who knows what he is on about.
I'm still a green novice at this genre, but I do know I've purchased and read some of the 'not haiku' books.
I'm hanging out with the right people in this forum :)

flowerfox

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Quote from: bobwhitmire on January 31, 2019, 03:02:28 PM
Not all haiku, but Japanese Death Poems, compiled by Yoel Hoffman, opened my eyes.

https://tinyurl.com/yafe5qp2

~ Bob


Thanks for the link' Bob. I've seen this book when I first joined THF site. I'll take another look this evening when I post my review.
Many thanks, again.

AlanSummers

Thanks Carol, I've just clicked that the review was helpful! :-)

When I had more time years ago I started going through authentic books of haiku, doing reviews, and it is easy to do a one or two line review, so inspired to do a few more. It really does help. So many people, including myself back in the 1990s, were tricked into buying something horribly done in both its physical appearance, as well as contents. The more quick reviews we can all do means more people won't have their good money wasted.
Alan Summers,
founder, Call of the Page
https://www.callofthepage.org

flowerfox

Many thanks, Alan.
In my haste I forgot to mention the cover art 'Empty' by Ron C Moss a captivating piece of art on it's own, but so integral to the poems.

I know what you mean in your last paragraph, I've purchased some (and after having your guidance and help in the forum) awful collections in my need to learn.
Being here, has made me more selective.







   

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