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Wind over Water
Wind over Water: an anthology of haiku and tanka by delegates of the Fourth Haiku Pacific Rim Conference. Edited by Dawn Bruce and Greg Piko. 2009. 63 pp. Available from Beverley George, P. O. Box 37, Pearl Beach, N.S.W. 2256, Australia. For one copy: within Australia: AUD$10 plus $1.65 post; New Zealand and Japan: AUD$10 plus $4.35 post; USA, UK and Canada: AUD$10 plus $6.30 post. If paying by cheque or money order payment must be in Australian dollars www.eucalypt.info.
Reviewed by Patricia Prime
This 63 page collection of haiku and tanka by the delegates of the Fourth Haiku Pacific Rim Conference is a glossy little masterpiece. The poems are beautifully printed and set out two or three per page. Each poet has his or her own page and the poetís names are listed in alphabetical order which makes it easier for the reader to select a poetís work. Biographical notes and publication credits are given at the end of the book.
Human emotion balanced against close observation of nature may characterize the most enduring examples of haiku. In a number of haiku, the poets consistently achieve the interplay between their perceptions of human nature and observations of landscape and nature.
Many of the poetsí names will be well-known to readers of haiku: Janice Bostok, Beverley George, Ron Moss, Martin Lucas, Stuart Quine and Quendryth Young Ė to name a few. Other writers may be less familiar. However, all the poets are represented by a strong and pleasing choice of work:
The haiku range from the competent to the richly evocative, several bordering on the exceptional. Here are four which may give a feel for the volume:
The approach to the tanka is pleasantly varied. The emotive and associative material brought to a human context give rise to moving suggestions, without recourse to narrative. An awareness of how vulnerable human beings are Ė how susceptible to mood and emotion, are conveyed with sympathy. The images remain vividly before us:
Overall I enjoyed this generous and wonderful collection very much. Quiet and diligent observation mixed with fully engaged emotions of sympathy, joy, wonder and playfulness: