is a collection of haiku and
haibun by Sherry Weaver Smith, with Chinese brush stroke paintings by
Sylvia Van Strijthem.
Haiku, a traditional form of short poetry based on
strict rhythmic patterns and focusing on imagery and motion found in
nature, originated in Japan. Haibun combines the forms of haiku and
prose. Haiku became popular outside of Japan in the last century, and
has since spread around the world. Various forms of haiku can now be
found in more than 100 languages.
Smith’s delicate and insightful English-language
haiku carry the reader along with their striking imagery and musical
rhythm. Her long list of poetry awards and publications already
distinguishes her, and marks the beginning of what will undoubtedly be
an eminent career in poetry.
Van Strijthem, a Belgiun artist, is expert at
expressing poetic feelings visually. She has illustrated this collection
with fine images of motion that still the heart and move the mind.
The fine quality poetry and art, along with the
thoughtful book design, make this volume a must for poetry lovers.