Poetry – The Sky and the Sea: Poetry and Prose

The Sky and the Sea: Poetry and ProseSky and the Sea
By Kevin J. Johnson
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 978-1481766449
Published: July 2013
Pages: 70
Genre: Poetry
Formats Available For Review: kindle

The book is a small collection of poetry and short stories, many of which concern our relationship with, and understanding of the oceans and the heavens–perhaps our two greatest unknowns. Influences include, but are not limited to, The Bible, Malcolm X, Anne Sexton, and Elaine Morgan. Types of poems include the sonnet, the ode, the haiku, and the villanelle; as well as poems written in the standard ABCB rhyme scheme, and some written in no discernible form. The author graduated cum laude with a degree in history and studied English at the graduate level. This is his first book.

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Poetry – Haiku Reflections: The Four Seasons

Haiku Reflections: The Four SeasonsHaiku Reflctions
by Geraldine Hartman
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1477452806
Published: July 2012
Pages: 78
Genre: poetry, haiku, haiku poetry
Format Available For Review: Print
Haiku Reflections. The Four Seasons by Geraldine Helen Hartman

A collection of haiku poetry that explores and celebrates the wonder and unique beauty of each of the four seasons.

Cherry pink blossoms.
Soft palette of pastel hues.
Scents of spring in bloom.
***
April afternoon.
Above: Clear blue, Van Gogh sky.
Below: Muddy path.
***
Two (spring) haiku poems from the 120 in this collection.

Here’s what people are saying about Haiku Reflections. The Four Seasons:

“”Haiku Reflections is a marvellous book for anyone who treasures the traditional haiku form. The poems are both delicate and precise, as all haiku should be. There is not a wasted syllable in this volume, with imagery that is crystal clear, whether describing colour, scent, movement, weather, foliage, animals, or the thoughts engendered in the mind and soul of the author. Ms. Hartman captures the essence of what our eyes and mind too often dismiss: a weathered gazebo, a thunderstorm, a mop and bucket, a bridge or a simple act of kindness. Ms. Hartman has given us such beauty in every one of her offerings. A beautiful, evocative journey.. Highly recommended.”
William Hammett: poet and author of John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe.

“Haiku Reflections is a light- hearted collection of modern-style haiku. With themes that exist within seasons, alight with spirited punctuation, the language and moments of reflection are beautiful, gentle and occasionally whimsical. Haiku Reflections is a book to return to again and again.” Glenn Lyvers: Haiku Journal.

“From the beautiful cover photo to the elegant layout, to Geraldine Hartman’s skill at placing the reader in the middle of the wonderment of each season, Haiku Reflections is a must read. What better way to feel the warmth of summer while in the chill of winter? To smell fresh rain, while in the heated drought of summer. I am always amazed when so much can be told in only 17 syllables and Ms. Hartman is gifted at telling a story with beautiful brevity.” Jan Morrill: haiku poet and author of: The Red Kimono.

“There are many haiku sites with several contradictory rules on each (as is the way with ‘experts’). Haiku poet: Geraldine Hartman always seems to have full command of this form.” Sue Turner: poet, visual artist and author of: North of Summer and When the Wind Blows.

Geraldine Helen Hartman is a poet, freelance writer, artisan, cookbook author and avid blogger.
She lives in the Kootenay area of British Columbia, Canada.

Haiku Reflections is available at: Amazon.com and Amazon’s Expanded Distribution Network.

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