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RAKU TEAPOT: HAIKU
Raku Teapot Press
1170 Fritz Cove Road
Juneau
AK 99801-6501
USA
BOOK
ISBN 1 891691 03 1
CD
ISBN 1 891691 04 X
set $14

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RAKU TEAPOT: HAIKU

There are 24 tracks by 24 poets, containing 143 poems. The accompanying book gives the poems together with source notes and brief biographies of the poets. The A5 book extends to 111 pages.

This CD is an anthology of work from the Raku Teapot online haiku forum, which began life in 2000. The aim of the Raku Teapot forum is to be uncensored, and free of taboo and prejudice; a laudable endeavour in an age when so much contemporary poetry is stifled. Only brave editors dare walk this path, and long may the path stretch.

The CD is well produced, clear, and crisp. Each poet reads his or her own haiku. I am envious that all the poets are so well spoken. Sometimes people who write beautiful haiku are not so good at reading their own work.

Most of the names are familiar. I have heard many of the haiku presented before, for instance:

	winter night
	finding my pajama bottoms
	on my wife

	Mark Brooks

		calling each other
		the free owl and the captive
		unable to sleep

		Sheila Windsor
There are some treats in the area of linguistical haiku:
	crow caws three times view of nine mountains

	Jesse Glass

		mouth agape   gawking at swifts
	a greenfly wanders in    aghast

	John Edmund Carley
There are also some with more traditional themes
	ever-changing sky
	she could not move
	her eyes

	Angela Detlev

		street cleaner
		his brush clears everything
		but the fog

		Cindy E Tebo
and David Walker with the pivital
	evening air
	sharpening 
	the heron's cry
and I particularly enjoyed this one by Jesse Glass:
	ghost, if you
	see buddha,
	tell the butterfly
There are high quality contemporary haiku on this CD. A welcome and worthy release.

reviewer: Doreen King.