BOOK REVIEW

A review of haiku for a moonless night by Marjorie Buettner

moonless night

men of the village

dance in silence

"As a haiku poet, an'ya is attuned to the cyclical nature of all life, and her haiku teaches us the importance of patience in order to observe, in order to preserve:

becoming daylight--

the fallow deer retraces

its hoof prints

The haiga in this collection by Kuniharyu Shimizu are colorful and vibrant with a clear simplicity and pure exuberance; they touch upon that same visual magic that an'ya knows so well. Thhese haiga are offered to us as if they were a glass of wine saluting the moon:

windswept day

a skater opens her coat

to cross the lake

The magic of an'ya's haiku resides, as I have said, in their visual qualities. At times however, they take you beyond the ordinary world into intuitive vision:

oregon trail

over the top of the moon

the rest of the world

an'ya's haiku remind us to keep in touch with our own intuitive, mystical nature so that the world's luninosity can be absorbed, and then reflected back:

celestial space

geese touching their wings

to the clouds

silent snowfall

the sound of dark-eyed junco

cracking seeds

The world offers to us immeasurable possibilities; it is a haiku poet who delves into a relationship of union with the world--insistent, jealous lover that is--until at every touch, at every sight and sound each poem becomes an act of love, a labor of love, writing it down the reader cannot help but be enriched by anya's labor of love:

no fame no fortune

but all these new year stars

in their right places

an'ya