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Book Review:The Essential Haiku

The Essential Haiku:  Versions Of Bashð, Buson, & Issa, edited by Robert Haas It takes a significant amount of cheek to create a book like this one, on several levels simultaneously.  For one, it takes a considerable amount of pride … Continue reading

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Book Review: Haiku: An Anthology Of Japanese Poems

Haiku:  An Anthology Of Japanese Poems, by Stephen Addiss, Fumiko Yamamoto, and Akira Yamamoto When reading a book from this publisher, as I have done on several occasions, I have often pondered what the purpose of this particular book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Haiku (Poetry Basics)

Haiku (Poetry Basics), by Valerie Bodden This book does not exaggerate when it calls itself a basic poetry book.  This book is the very embodiment of basic, and can be read profitably by even an elementary school reader who has … Continue reading

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A Story Told In Haiku

Where did you come from? You went to bed quite early But now you’re awake. *** A quick drive to church Gave me plenty of time to Hunt for prayer givers. *** Even though my voice Was quite a bit … Continue reading

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Book Review: Poemcrazy

Poemcrazy:  Freeing Your Life With Words, by Susan G. Wooldridge I disagree with nearly everything in this book.  For all of that, I still think this book is useful in a very limited sense, and that is demonstrating once again … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Russian Girl

The Russian Girl, by Kingsley Amis This book finds Kingsley Amis deep in his late-career misogyny, filled with a dark and sometimes cruel wit about people who range from slightly sympathetic to deeply and hauntingly odd.  That is not to … Continue reading

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It’s Time To Have A Talk About Bad Poetry

I read a lot of poetry, and it is little surprise that much of it is bad.  This is not to say that there are not any good poets around, but rather that the amount of bad poetry ridiculously outnumbers … Continue reading

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Book Review: Indecency

Indecency, by Justin Phillip Reed Well, it can be said of this book at least that its title is not false advertising, although the book is indecent at least as much for its politics as for its whining about sexuality.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: It Was Fever That Made The World

It Was Fever That Made The World, by Jim Powell I get the feeling that I would have a lot of disagreements with Jim Powell when it comes to matters of faith and beliefs and personal conduct.  This book shows … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Crazy Bunch

The Crazy Bunch, by Willie Perdomo This is an odd but interesting book of poems that relates to an attempt at understanding a story in the youth of some people, where violence snuffed out the life of several and ended … Continue reading

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