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