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between light & shadow
By Debbi Antebi
A collection of haiku and senryu.
Debbi Antebi produces social observations we can recognise in ourselves at least once in our lives, and if we are honest, possibly several times. The senryu are some of the very best I’ve read, and have that rare added essence of haiku at times. At other times the author includes distinctive senryu aspects into her haiku, absorbing qualities of both genres.
Reading her senryu (a type of comic verse) they are superior to one level jokes, or anecdotes, that we might only read once, enjoy, and move on without revisiting. Her senryu are incredibly touching and blisteringly honest, yet reassuringly comforting and necessary in times of need.
Her haiku merge with a touch of senryu making them also highly re-readable, and not just once or twice more, but several times over the years. One particular haiku, with a senryu flavour, is one of the finest examples of how you can add an aspect of one genre to another: It begins with falling leaves, and is one I will keep close to my heart.
I’ve already read many many times each poem, be it senryu or haiku, from running out of words, possibly one of the most contemporary and insightful senryu I’ve ever read, to family dinner, alone at home, to catching up, and moving day as well as visiting home. I can’t reveal these poems because I want you to have that honour.
—Alan Summers, President, United Haiku and Tanka Society, Co-Founder, Call of the Page
I took the greatest pleasure in reading this collection. Debbi Antebi’s poems speak to me. They move me. They please me. She sheds her attachments in the very first poem, and that makes me want to shed mine too.
Debbi invites us to join her on a life journey, accompanying her as she performs ordinary daily chores, and celebrating with her as she experiences transcendent moments of self-discovery. Her poems are both subtle and bold; delicate and powerful; intimate and accessible. From the first page I felt I was in the presence of a friend, happy to travel along with her, between light and shadow.
—Zee Zahava, Editor of brass bell: an online haiku journal
Debbi Antebi has penned for the reader some moments built of light. It is that same lightness that Basho spoke of as being integral to his own poems. Her poetry, just as bits of sand do, glimmers and shines off the pages with ever changing meanings. This is a book of small poems that pulls you with each reading into a whole painting made of poetry. It is, in short, a book you will read again and again for the sheer joy of discovering the many nuances on each page.
—Michael Rehling, Editor of Failed Haiku
singing into darkness
By Joy McCall and Liam Wilkinson
A collection of resposive tanka and ryuka triptychs.
Okay. The “mostly quiet and hermit-like scribbler of small poems” from South Yorkshire and the hedgerow, woods and river witch of Norwich have teamed up. I’m ready. I’ve met these two before. This will be good, I think, opening their new book, singing into darkness, totally unprepared to be stunned! This is synergy at its best, when the sum of the whole is greater than its parts. This is no mere mingling of two fine voices, this is a whole new song sung by a whole new and single voice. One that will leave you half-drunk as if on acorn coffee and red wine.
—Larry Kimmel, editor of Winfred Press and co-editor of the cherita: your storybook journal
The poet Marianne Moore said poetry is not just speech but rather an attempt to listen and respond. Herein lies the beauty of Joy McCall and Liam Wilkinson’s singing into darkness. Something magical occurs. Their poetic collaboration renders poetry all the more inclusive and true. Here are poems that deserve to be read and re-read. singing into darkness is a gem of a book to be grateful for.
—Lynda Monahan, author of A Slow Dance in the Flames, What My Body Knows and Verge.
It was my pleasure to introduce Liam Wilkinson and Joy McCall to each other. Both English, both steeped in the localness of their lives, yet with souls open to other worlds both material and spiritual, they have become regular correspondents. Quite often I have found their responsive sequences of tanka or ryuka in my mailbox, sometimes formally submitted for publication, and sometimes just because that’s the way poets talk. Now they have compiled a book of tanka and ryuka and published them so that anyone with an open heart and willing ear can eavesdrop upon these most intimate of conversations. If you are a stranger, settle in comfortably because they have tales to tell you. If you are a friend, you already know you are welcome.”
—M. Kei, editor of Atlas Poetica: A Journal of World Tanka
hedgerow #110: a journal of small poems
Edited by Caroline Skanne
The spring print issue of hedgerow: a journal of small poems; featuring short poetry and art.
here i am
By Zee Zahava
A collection of haiku, senryu & other small poems.
Zee Zahava measures the universe in small poems. With a loving tone she invites you, the frog, and even the ant, to share her intriguing perspective. Don’t be surprised if perhaps her happiness grows wings, a tail, or “travels backwards,” but she will not vanish, and neither will you. Like the moon in her poems, she keeps her eyes on us all.
—Kath Abela Wilson
Zee Zahava often begins the day with a morning walk, where she welcomes the possibilities of the new day and makes peace with the eternal now. As she notes in one of the small poems in this collection, she searches “each puddle for signs of magic.” Such is the heart and spirit of this intimate collection — in turns poignant, humorous, self-aware, curious, and warm. This is a collection to embrace.
The small poems in “here i am,” by Zee Zahava, sprouting from home and neighborhood, have warmth and humor that connect the reader even with the moon.
wild voices: an anthology of short poetry & art by women
Edited by Caroline Skanne
‘wild voices: an anthology of short poetry & art by women’ is a celebration of the female voice, filled with loud exuberance and quiet reflection. The anthology brings together a chorus of women who soar with their poems and artwork, while taking the reader on a journey of self-discovery. Like drops of ice wine, each page is refreshing and rich, in imagery and meaning. This is a powerful collection that reveals many facets of women, as mothers, lovers, poets, artists, creators, survivors, and as one with nature.
hedgerow #100: a journal of small poems
Edited by Caroline Skanne
100 pieces of short poetry & art by various poets.
at the water’s edge
By Carol Judkins; with photographs by David Foster
A collection of short-form poetry; including haiku, haibun, tanka and other closely related forms.
By Mike Keville
A collection of haiku, senryu, tanka & haiga.
Mike Keville is both very down-to-earth and a very modest person, and even more modest poet. This book shows he should be recognised by a wider audience. What I’m astounded by, is that despite seeing his poems here and there, mostly on social media, I had no idea he had such a strong collection in him already, waiting to be published. It’s been a humbling experience, reading the manuscript, both as an entire overall larger poem, as any fine collection should be, in my opinion, and its smaller components of individual verse. Mike has both haiku and tanka in his blood, and brings in a partnership of the classical and the modern seamlessly. There’s such a lightness, and a lot of shade, with varied tones of humour, and the deepest poignancy. Clearly this is a human who engages in life and knows it is fleeting, and it has to be enjoyed, even in times of great danger and ill health. This is one of those books you will want to keep close to hand, and heart, and to reach out for, from your bedside, on stormy nights, and other uneasy times. This is a collection you will love to read when you are feeling happy and can feel happier, and one to read when things get bad, very bad.
—Alan Summers, Founder of With Words; Japan Times award-winning writer; and Pushcart nominated poet.
By Carole Johnston; with paintings by Anne Milligan
A collection of 50 small poems including tanka and haiku; themed with shape-shifters, fairy tales and archetypal wild women.
Originally inspired by Diane DiPrima’s groundbreaking collection, “Loba,” Carole Johnston has created a powerful woman-as-goddess quest poem in “Manic Dawn.” Johnston uses verse forms inspired by the Japanese haiku and tanka to create a work that is deeply grounded in the rich Celtic legends of the Morrigan, the goddess-queen-crow whose varying forms connote both life and death, mortality and immortality. Johnston brings this ancient legend into contemporary life by means of a subtle interplay, a dance, between the shape-shifting Morrigan character and the poem’s persona. Their lives and stories are connected through an intricate web of exquisite imagery: music, crows, dance, the bags of the bag lady, moon, wings. Precise shifts in the images signal developments in the characters and ensure that the rich and varied mythic context of the poem maintains its coherence and integrity. The radiant beauty of Anne Milligan’s paintings provides striking visual complement to each section of the poem, amplifying the mythic themes that the poem develops. “Manic Dawn” is an exquisite and powerful volume of poetry and painting.
—Dr. Jonel Curtis Sallee