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JIM KACIAN: IN CONCERT
Saki Press
1021 Gregory
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IL 61761
USA
ISBN 1 893823 07 5
$4.50
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JIM KACIAN: IN CONCERT

This is a short book of Haiku written in response to a concert the author attended in the ruins of the ancient town of Ephesus, Turkey.

The poet tries to suggest both permanence and mutability in his writing, together with the idea of past and present informing one another. Here, for instance, he alludes to his journey to the conference venue:

	on an old road
	to an ancient place-
	Nikes.

The ancient and the contemporary are evoked in this piece as they are throughout. The concert music, it is suggested, has a quality similar to the old town itself.. Thus, following the performance, it lingers in the author's mind:

	a couple of notes
	of the nocturne hummed
	next night.

Likewise the town of Ephesus, though 'gone' in the strictest sense, remains in essence and retains the ability influence and inspire.

I really enjoyed this little book. A concise and resonant sequence.

reviewer: Paul McDonald.