ROSE HAIKU FOR FLOWER LOVERS AND GARDENERS
edited by Angela Leuck
ISBN 1 896881 52 1
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|ROSE HAIKU FOR FLOWER LOVERS AND GARDENERS|
A hundred or so haiku all about roses. One might think you'd have to be potty about haiku or roses to wade your way through such a collection. Well you certainly would have to quite like one or the other or better still both not to be overwhelmed.
That said, taken in small bunches, this book is really rather fragrant. Quite a few of the blooms drooped and some seemed staid. For me the best half dozen were the opening
rose garden one deep breath after anotherby Anne L.B. Davidson which sets us up nicely, and Gerald England's
outside my window the unpruned rosebush dripsa really sharp image that includes action. More subtle is Ernest J. Berry's
autumn wind the peace rose blows awayand Kay Grimnes also shows us the weather in
rosehips the slow melt of ice from the feederRoberta Beary has a variant of the above three with
quiet rain ...the deeper quiet of uncut rosesand finally this from Kirsty Karkow
just when I grow used to clouds the pink rose opensOn another day I might have made a different selection, but the joy of books like this is that you have enough here to mix and match to suit your mood.
|reviewer: Angus McFadden.|