It is a collection of "Reissian Haiku" - so-called because it derives from the work of poet Ed Reiss and the poems are in the style of haiku. "in the style of" is a fair enough description. The main rule of the form is that only letters with no ascenders [d, f, h, l] or descenders [g, j, p, y] can be used in their composition.
This restriction actually produces some excellent poems, particularly the ones by Steve Sneyd and D J Weston who are the major contributors to this anthology.
My favourites (all by D J Weston) are
rain runs on us,the last, although it has eight "m"s, has only one "n". I don't think there is a single poem here that doesn't include at least one "n" and most have several.
on crosses, moss, our names -
our veins are ice
enemies cower in ruins
warm summer comes
as sun-cream oozes over me
sere verses simmer
It is certainly good value at just £1.
I have to confess to being much less happy with editor D J Tyrer's collection THE ATLANTEAN. It is called "Collected Haiku" but hardly any of these compositions are haiku by almost any stretch of the imagination. He says he
came to haiku fairly late, initially as a challenge, then for the practical reason of needing occasional filler material for his magazinesand unfortuneatly he seems to have bought into the notion that any collection of seventeen-syllables split into three lines can automatically be called a "haiku".
There are a number of good short poems, clerihews, brief jokes, proverbs here:
Ten-sixty-six: fight!so I do dare, because I care. Tyrer is a writer who could do so much better if he didn't try to shoe-horn his verse into something it doesn't fit. Whether he would be better discovering more about haiku (which takes years rather than weeks) or better honing his skills in other directions is for the author to decide.
Invade blood-red foam sword slash
King dead new king now
Too much sun skin cracks
Red-raw, head hurts, lotion
Rub it in and trust
a snowfall in March
how strange! cry amnesiacs
forgetting past snows
letters of comment reply
debate if you dare
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