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BETWEEN FALLING LEAVES AND THEIR SHADOWS

Anthology of poetry by James Knippen,
Sierra Shellabarger, Anirudh Vyas and Jamie Wimberly

 

The word “anthology” comes to us from Greek roots meaning “flower gathering.” Jamie Wimberly, through the “40 Under 40” program he helped launch with the Haiku Society of America, has been working with a group of relative newcomers to the haiku community. The results, as displayed in this collection, are inspiring. These flowerings and first fruits give us reason to anticipate great things for the collective future of English-language haiku.

 

John Stevenson, Managing Editor, The Heron’s Nest

A delightful collection of haiku from an emerging group of young poets. The degree of talent, sensitivity, and insight displayed by these students is impressive and is a testimony to the effectiveness of their instructor. A great read and highly recommended. 

 

Jay Friedenberg, President, Haiku Society of America

BEFORE I FORGET THEM

Collection of Haiku Poetry by Jamie Wimberly

 

English-Language haiku poets are most likely, at times, to take either Bashō or Issa as a model For Jamie Wimberly, however, the more apt comparison must be Buson. Readers are likely to read and interpret the poems of both poets in the context of their visual artistry. It is truly to be said of Jamie Wimberly that his painting vivifies his poems and it is clear that both partake of a shared palette. The emphasis on read, black and white is a statement but not one that lends itself to a manifesto. The open quality of his poems and paintings declines to submit to any sense of flatness of pat finality.

The comparison the Buson has its limitations because this book is so much a product of an American and a twenty-first century sensibility. We pull things loose from the great past and wider world. We present them in conceptual frames that would not have been possible in their origins. This is true of our modern adaptations of haiku and in contemporary representational painting. Both are in motion within this work. And the work is unsettling. This feels right and true.

It feels like life.

John Stevenson

Managing Editor, The Heron's Nest