RAKU TEAPOT: HAIKU
Raku Teapot Press
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ISBN 1 891691 03 1
ISBN 1 891691 04 X
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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 WindsorThere 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 CarleyThere 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 Teboand David Walker with the pivital
evening air sharpening — the heron's cryand I particularly enjoyed this one by Jesse Glass:
ghost, if you see buddha, tell the butterflyThere are high quality contemporary haiku on this CD. A welcome and worthy release.
|reviewer: Doreen King.|