Well, as am 'thinking I dinna ken Muckle of Celtic, then comes McDonald ! And all the reading I've done of the works of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott will make any willing traveler more familiar, certainly not fluent, in a wonderful and ancient language that gave us much of what we call modern English, for a'that, as the Bard of Scotland might say.
Ban’ya Natsuishi and Sayumi Kamakura have both taken 50 of their best creating a wide variety of Haiku that haunts you like the ghosts of ancient scripts and combined them into 100 Haiku. Each of their Haiku, have parts of them that will take you on a journey through multiple dimensions of insights, observations, revelations and theories of life.
Steven Carter, retired Professor Emeritus of English and award winning poet, has chosen critical historical locales and periods in Europe and America as the subject of his book of haiku, Morning Twilight (Cyberwit.net, 2012).
Mr. James Shea, at the prologue, explains that she and her husband visited Europe and affirms that the author herself has said that this trip influenced her poetry. This reference to her real life will float over the mind of the reader through the reading, and certainly will adjoin special enthrallment to the story that is magisterially presented afterwards.
Ban'ya Natsuishi writes haiku that moves beyond customary restraints and perceptions from the tradition of only seasonal, natural themes. His muki-haiku-seasonless poem style, paints Natsuishi's promptings into pictures, which embrace the philosophical images in everything, and the mind is able to roam, to contemplate the wider nature of us!
Hybrid Paradise is by no means a work of mere quantity though, as is already indicated by the individuals involved. The cover design has been provided by the Japanese poet and haiga artist Shimizu Kuniharu 清水 国治; it fittingly emits a strangely familiar vibe, just as as many of the book's poems.
A gong sounds somewhere in the distance, and in the silence that ensues the reverberations of the collective conscience precipitate a collage of impressions that are at once familiar, and yet far beyond the accepted structures of perception. In this impressive collection of contemporary haiku, Ban'ya Natsuishi expertly challenges and coaxes the reader to join him in a flight of fancy - in and out of reality and illusion - not so unlike the great surrealist Salvador Dali.
Much has been written regarding the history, form, essence and literary regulations of haiku-writing.