Alan Summers, Earthlings: Allan Burns

Alan Summers, The Deep End of the Sky: Chad Lee Robinson, What Was Here:
Julie Warther, The Sound of Shadows: Chase Gagnon, grandma’s chip bowl:
David Jacobs

Lorin Ford, An inch of Sky: Paresh Tiwari

Lorin Ford, apology moon: Cherie Hunter Day

Ljubomir Radovančević, Minimalistic haiku-art by Djurdja Vukelić-Rožić

Garry Eaton, Antlered Stag of Dawn: Gabriel Rosenstock

Patricia Prime, Gathering Dusk: Ellen Compton

 

Vol. 12, No 20, Summer 2015

Fay Aoyagi, In Borrowed Shoes: Clelia Ifrim

 

Vol. 11, No. 19, Winter 2014

Dietmar Tauchner, noise of our origin / rauschen unseres ursprungs: Lorin Ford

Milenko D. Ćirović Ljutički, Здраво 'свануо/Happy Wake Up: Zoran Raonić

 

Vol. 11, No. 18, Spring 2014

robert d. wilson, A Soldier's Bones: Boris Nazansky

Charles Trumbull, A Five-Balloon Morning: Marian Olson

Damir Janjalija, Sloboda u izmaglici / Freedom in the Mist: Dimitar Anakiev

 

Vol. 10, No. 17, Summer 2013

Issa's Best: A Translator's Selection of Master Haiku by Issa Kobayashi; English translation by David G. Lanoue

Vesna Oborina, Proljeće u srcu / Spring in the Heart: Zoran Raonić, Milenko D. Ćirović Ljutički

 

Vol. 9, No. 16, Summer 2013

 

Damir Janalija, Otisci snova/Imprints of Dreams: Dimitar Anakiev

David G. Lanoue, Frog Poet, Red Moon Press: Curtis Dunlap, Michael McClintock, Marjorie Buettner

 

Vol. 8, No. 15, Winter 2011

George Swede, Joy in Me Still: Haiku: Michael Dylan Welch

Helen Buckingham, Armadillo Basket: Liam Wilkinson

Ljubomir Dragović, Uska staza/ A Narrow Road: Robert D. Wilson

Tomislav Maretić, Leptir nad pučinom (Butterfly over the Open Sea): Dubravko Marijanović

 

Vol. 8, No. 14, Summer 2011

Helen Buckingham, Christmas City: A Haiku Sequence: Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Zlata Bogović, Pjesma slavuja / Nightingale's Song: Vladimir Devidé, Vasile Moldovan, Đurđa Vukelić-Rožić, Zvonko Petrović

Petar Tchouhov, Safety Pins: Morelle Smith

Slavko J. Sedlar, Таквост 3 (Suchness 3): Mileta AĆIMOVIĆ IVKOV, Nadja Brankov, Zoran Raonić

Ljubomir Dragović, Uska staza/A Narrow Road: Vladimir Devidé, Mileta Aćimović Ivkov, Dragan Jovanović Danilov, Dimitar Anakiev

 

 

 

Guy Simser, Canada

 


Published by the author, Raffael de Gruttola
Natick, Mass., USA, 2014
ISBN 975-0-692-34776-B
139 pages, perfect bound, glossy art cover, with B/W & six haiga included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Japanese poetry form book is chock-a-block full with a wide variety of Japanese poetic form poetry. In addition to de Gruttola’s multi-form poems (Haiku, Concrete, Tanka, Renga, Tan Renga, Junicho Renga and Haiga) the book includes an Introduction by Karen Klein (poet and former secretary of HSA), a Note from the Poet (Why Haiku), an Afterword by Judson Evans, and finally a list of Other Works by the author. Consequently, this book has the air of Gruttola’s “life’s work” about it. For this short review, I will select something from Karen Klein’s introduction and the Afterword by Judson Evans. Then follow with two selections of my choice to give some idea of the contents.

Karen Klein draws attention to the wide ranging subject matter in Gruttola’s poems and the fact that his work bridges both the classic and “modern” haiku style and content. Given the many years of writing haiku, this should not be a surprise. Poets of Grutolla’s age grew up initially with the Basho/Buson/Issa phase of haiku writing in North America. Here is one poem Klein selects in the “modern” haiku genre: computer window / the face of down time. Judson Evans refers to Gruttola’s work in this book as “His sophisticated haiku wear their knowledge of the modernist and post-modern tradition lightly while negotiating a unique stance between sensory immediacy and philosophical savvy.”

As for Gruttola’s poems: My selection of the most notable haiku follows:

in the chapel
lost in the stained glass
monarch butterfly

It was chosen for the following reasons 1) seasonal 2) action based 3) rhythm 4) dreaming room (ambiguity of “who” is lost) 5) inference of “we’re all God’s creatures.” This haiku was written as a tribute to Nick Virgilio. I believe he would be pleased.    

My second selection follows:

Memorial Day
the music box ballerina stops
mid-melody

 

First publication: Haiku Canada Review , 9:2, October 2015.

Republished by the author’s permission.