Review of Season Rising

A Review by Anna

Publisher Fore Angels Press, Hunting, NY

Gulls on the beach

“Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single thing” Paul Hawken

SEASONS RISING; A COLLECTION of HAIKU, by Christina Laurie, a long-time
Cape Cod resident, resonates with the sounds and sights of the sea and its surroundings. More-over, the poet catches the intimate music of Place. Her haiku vibrates a melodious language reminiscent of lyrical poetry

As a small press publisher, I choose only manuscripts which set themselves apart from the ordinary. When Christina showed me her manuscript, I knew I had found an enduring title. The haiku were fresh, communicative and memorable. Christina’s work exhibits a dynamic energy which records the moment, but goes beyond its attraction. Many of her haiku depict human elements, superceding the traditional “haiku moment.” For example, in one haiku the first line introduces “frozen glade;”  in the second line “a black crow caws and circles;” the third line renders a startling discovery: “Old lovers parting. ” The poet insinuates a stark human experience! In another piece she derives “our frozen laughter” (third line) from the first line’s”windy midnight. ” These two examples display the poet’s transition from natural world to basic, human/emotional elements.

Haiku depends on a restrained use of language. Each line of a three line piece must  “objectify” itself within those three lines. There is no reading between the lines and there is no mercy. As you read Christina’s haiku, note the re-occurring images. The crows arrive with purpose; the seagulls and geese appear with “natural” aplomb. Each is part of a “situational place” or setting. To accomplish this in the traditional haiku’s seventeen syllables takes a willful use of craft. Christina knows her craft and her mission. The haiku are serious. They are fun. They ring true with life force. They are accessible.

The book is enhanced by its gem-like mosaic cover created by Nick Zelinger of NZ Graphics, Colorado, using four seasonal color photographs contributed by photographer Lily Kuo, Cape Cod branch member. Nick superimposed the haiku on a gray blush of Kuo’s cover photography throughout the text. The effect is to highlight the concept of the haiku as “a moment of time in nature” by the subtle presence of the four seasons to support the text.

Christina received recognition in the 19th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book contest for her book “Seasons Rising: A Collection of Haiku.” Comments included “a clear sense of the motifs popular in haiku tradition – especially the seasons and nature. … The extensive use of alliteration is effective (and expected). The haiku groupings (in the four seasons) didn’t seem to overly favor one season of the other although the author’s New England residency seems to show through particularly strongly. The preface is a nice touch, giving context for those unfamiliar with the haiku form. Each haiku superimposed on a duochrome photo of the season was an interesting touch. The cover is attractive and eye-catching, expressing the four seasons aptly.”

Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Contest

Christina received recognition in the 19th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book contest for her book “Seasons Rising: A Collection of Haiku.” Comments included “a clear sense of the motifs popular in haiku tradition – especially the seasons and nature. … The extensive use of alliteration is effective (and expected). The haiku groupings (in the four seasons) didn’t seem to overly favor one season of the other although the author’s New England residency seems to show through particularly strongly. The preface is a nice touch, giving context for those unfamiliar with the haiku form. Each haiku superimposed on a duochrome photo of the season was an interesting touch. The cover is attractive and eye-catching, expressing the four seasons aptly.”

 

 

Christina's Book Mark

Season Rising

Christina's Book Mark

Season Rising

Publisher’s Review
Di Bella, P.N.P.
All Cities Branch
National League of American Pen Women
Fore Angels Press