Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bartholomeusz, Sketchbook, & Stevenson

Into the Sun: Selected Haiku and Tanka, by Edith Bartholomeusz. Black Cat Press, Eldersburg, MD, USA. Drawings by Cathy Drinkwater Better. Softcover; size, 5-½ in. x 5 in. (similar to quarto size), 80 pp; ISBN 0-9766407-9-1. $12.00, postage paid. Published November 2009. Available, signed, from the author; email or write to 2713 W. Ashurst Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85045 USA.

This premiere compilation of haiku and tanka by widely published poet Edith Bartholomeusz includes both previously published and new work. A number of the poems have been illustrated in pencil by poet and haiga artist Cathy Drinkwater Better. The author’s engaging prologue presents a fable on creativity.

“The prologue to Into the Sun: Selected Haiku and Tanka is an ars poetica that offers insights into the patience required to write poems that have been patiently distilled to reveal the purest essence of experience,” said Carole MacRury, award-winning poet and author of In the Company of Crows: HAIKU and TANKA Between the Tides. “Edith’s haiku and tanka speak with poignant clarity to the transience of life…,” she added. “She looks at the world with a painter’s eyes…sharply focused yet always on the horizon.”

Said Curtis Dunlap, creator of Blogging Along Tobacco Road, "Vivid imagery with a moving yet powerful evanescent flair permeates the poems of Edith Bartholomeusz. Into the Sun: Selected Haiku and Tanka is a keeper, a treasure that you will want to share with your friends."

[Photo by Will Kunzler]

Edith Bartholomeusz

The September/October issue of Sketchbook, featuring 101 authors from 18 countries, is online and ready for viewing.

John Stevenson's third book of haiku and related forms, Live Again, is available from Red Moon Press. John is the managing editor for The Heron's Nest and past editor of Frogpond.

Click on the image to visit the Live Again Red Moon Press page.

Pages: 64
Size: 5.25" x 8"
Binding: saddlestapled softbound

1 comment:

snowbird said...

John's book takes many readings. I've always found his haiku with so many layers that it has been a delight for me to study them for years. Here's one from "Live Again" that's almost a full drama for the imagination:

the sarcasm

It's a delight for me to have this book in my collection. Merrill