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Haiku Yellow review by Nick Armbrister

This book is a Haiku poetry anthology written by PJ Reed. The work here is varied and well written. Well written in the sense that the reader is drawn in and experiences the short poems, both as observer and participant. The poems vary greatly and have some excellent feel good lines, eg:
 
bird songs after rain
a chorus of happiness
the wood is perfumed
 
Upon reading that, I was in the woods with their fresh leaves with the singing birds and newly opened scented flowers. A place where it is fine to be alone to experience and feel. Here, being alone is positive. Other poems contrast well with that piece. This piece is exceptionally nice:
 
from darkness hidden
the shy moon appears and smiles
my soul companion
 
Again the reader is there to both see and feel the darkness of the winter disappear when the moon is there. Like spring bursting forth. Is this intentional? The seeing and feeling?
 
Other work leaves the reader no time to dwell or wonder. Or do they? What of unmade decisions and their consequences, wafting away on the clouds after much deliberation? The reader can only imagine the decisions and outcomes, good or bad (…watch decisions best unmade/chase empty clouds).
 
Haiku Yellow is an internal and external journey. The season is spring, the poems have observations that the reader must find and feelings to make them think then become one with the poems.
 
My favourite piece is this one:
 
night time once more and
lonely moon asks for a friend
my bed lies empty
 
The natural world and writer's personal world collide/join/are as one. Nighttime beauty is there but so is desolation and loneliness. Is there a plea or invitation here? To join the writer to banish loneliness? Is the writer remembering an old flame or yearning for a new one? Myself, I relate to this.
 
Simple watercolours and photos of flowers and trees break up the poems and add character and imagery to the book. The reader is left in no doubt that Mother Nature's world is central here. When her world interacts with the human world it can be sad and very real (poor yellow flower/stands tall in her concrete crack/is this poverty). This piece has the 80s written all over it and all it stood for; mostly working class deprivation, striking miners, opposing mindsets and East v West. It's about the people in Thatcher's Britain, not the flower in my understanding of the poem’s words.
 
Some of the other poetry capture and compare new spring nature to the freshness of youth. In time, winter and life will defeat both.
 
Yet more work highlights being a pair (…softly pair of preening doves) yet the writer seems always to be alone (…I am only one). Is this by choice or circumstance?
 
In these pages are lost love, loneliness, powerful mental pictures, deeper emotional scenes and all that is needed if you live far from the scenes here. If the reader lived in a barren desert then with this book, they're in the spring meadow or flying with the gulls.
 
An excellent book. Highly recommended for readers of PJ Reed, poetry fans, Haiku lovers and readers in general.

About this title

 
P.J. Reed
 
Price: £7.99
 
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'Haiku Yellow  is the beauty, majesty, and mystery of spring captured in haiku.' 

Haiku Yellow is a breathtaking collection of stunning images captured and written in haiku verse from the contemporary English poet  P.J. Reed.  

This collection explores the excitement and drama as the yellow of springtime bursts through the bleakness of winter throughout the Devon countryside in a series of dramatic moments captured forever in her fresh, crisp verse.

The world in springtime is a joyful place full of possibilities and hope.

P.J. Reed has looked into the beauty of a world reborn and clothed in yellow springtime glory. This study has resulted in a series of outstanding word pictures, thoughts, and emotions written in haiku by P.J. Reed.  

'Colourful pictures painted in words...exquisite...' Peter, Devon

An Excerpt from Haiku Yellow

a blackbird listens
paused in her twig collection
woodpecker knocks twice
 
 
a falling raindrop
splashes stone seeps into earth
what is failure
 
 
a frowning sky smiled 
people burst from houses tails
wagging in the sun
 
 
a lone daffodil
waiting by a muddied lane
first touches of spring

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Haiku Yellow

Paperback 
78 pages

Publisher
Lost Tower Publications

Published
June 2016

ISBN 13
978-1534731714

Available from 

amazon.co.uk

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Review by Sapphire

Beautiful book with a cover almost as fantastic as the words itself. Really brings the essence of the seasons to the pages. Highly recommend *****