The Heron's Nest
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Volume IV, Valentine Awards:
READERS CHOICE POPULAR POETS
A new voice in the haiku community, Connie Donleycott has quickly demonstrated that she is exceptionally sensitive and has the gift of words. Not only did her crowd of umbrellas receive the Herons Nest Award in June, readers have now voted it to be the Poem of the Year. Connie has six other poems in Volume Three. Each is brief in form and expertly cut. She has a marvelous sense of rhythm and her poems flow naturally, with the sound and feel of classic haiku. Two exemplary poems:
first spring day
The wonderment with which Connie perceives the world is evident. That she feels herself intimately involved in it is also clear.
John W. Wisdom
The Herons Nest published six haiku by John Wisdom in Volume Three. Two were Editors Choices. John is a keen observer; his craft is easygoing and unobtrusive. Prominent characteristics of his haiku are commonplace imagery, originality, and an ability to create mood.
Exemplary of the commonplace, a domestic cat stalks a songbird. Approaching storm has an original topic that generates a most ominous mood: the threats of yellowjackets (wasps) and a storm. Both have spring-loaded tensionabout to snap.
Four of Yu Changs poems appeared in Volume III. One was a Herons Nest Award winner. As I reread these, and other poems by Yu, I found his voice easily recognizable. Good humor abounds. More often than not, his humor exemplifies the lightness associated with fine haiku rather than the more satyrical sort of humor which characterizes senryu. Another hallmark of Yus poems is a sense of open friendliness and of familiarity. Two poems that illustrate these qualities:
Yu Chang delights in his surroundings. He is true to them in his writing and at the same time, playful.
In addition to a Herons Nest Award winner and two runners-up, paul m. had nine other haiku in Volume Three. Most of his haiku are very quiet. Two of them:
These poems are devoid of anything resembling a sexy hook. The reader/listener is not manipulated because the writer makes no attempt to tug at heartstrings. To the contrary, often a casual look, or quick read, will not afford as much pleasure, or insight, as will a deep breath and a good, long look. Something, an indefinite something, communicates paul m.s vision. His collation of place, season, living things, and a minimum of action reveal the naturalist that he is. The words are spare but skillfully chosen. His poems are strongly divided. The resonance of the parts is not jarringly juxtaposed. I opt for the word apposition. Things are shown together, compared side-by-side.
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