STEVE DOLPHY: THE CRY OF THE DUCK EGG SELLER
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|STEVE DOLPHY: THE CRY OF THE DUCK EGG SELLER|
Steve Dolphy lived in Vietnam from 1997 to 2001; apart from two haiku book-ending this selection the other 77 were written while he was in Vietnam, the first half dealing with Hanoi where he lived and worked, the rest with the city of Hue which is his wife's hometown and where he got married. The haiku are mostly precise and well-crafted, and strikingly original in the image they draw, as shown by the following two examples:
January morning shivering bread girls hug warm loaves watermelon stall the smile of the fruit seller a slice taken outThree more examples also illustrate the poet's wry and confident sculpting of a particular situation or idea:
long winter walk picking up a stone to accompany me seafood restaurant the waiter pulls a hook from a diner's throat uneasy with stepchildren wishing he knew a magic trick to doSteve Dolphy is able to compress a host of images and juxtapositions into his handful of words:
lunchtime news imagining famine between mouthfuls sunlit lounge the baby reaches for her shadow noon sun the only thing moving a bead of sweatSome excellent work here.
|Reviewer: Alan Hardy.|