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PETER YOVU: TURN TO THE EARTH
Saki Press
1021 W Gregory St
Normal
IL 61761
USA
ISBN 1 893823 16 4
$5

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PETER YOVU: TURN TO THE EARTH

TURN TO THE EARTH is a beautifully produced chapbook of haiku and haiku-like poems with some lovely black and white drawings by Earnest O Brown. Peter Yovu writes a wonderful introduction to the publication:

Haiku poets, I like to think, take on an incalculably important and difficult task: to be lovingly vigilant over small things and subtle connections; over what is fleeting, easily trodden on, ignored or missed completely. Intuitively, unreasonably, they know that such attention allows the otherwise hidden world to bloom, that human perception without such devotion, would be in danger of withering...
For me this describes the essence of haiku, though for me not all the haiku here capture that elusive 'haiku moment' of significance in the very small. Though to be fair, one writer's haiku moment may well be one reader's inconsequential observation and vice versa. Besides, part of the appreciation of haiku is the learning to notice and appreciate 'that which is fleeting (or) easily trodden on...' for itself and not just for any greater significance. There are too several fine haiku here, for example:
	coming out of the woods  
	the sound of crickets
	the empty sky
which perfectly encapsulates the atmosphere of the moment, or the following, which offers a fitting epitaph for an entertainer:
	still spinning 
	the stars and planets above
	the jugglers grave.
This is a pleasing introduction to Peter Yovu's work and the small size of the publication means that it can slip into a pocket so the reader may never be without a haiku to meditate on.

reviewer: Juliet Wilson