ERICA FACEY: DIVING GREBE
ISBN 4 89402 761 5
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|ERICA FACEY: DIVING GREBE|
DIVING GREBE is a bilingual hardback book. There are 60pp front to middle in English and 112pp reading from back to middle in Japanese. The haiku, all written between 2000 and 2005, are divided into three sections.
STONE HAIKU, the first section, depicts the four seasons of the ancient Roman Empire in the West. At Mt. Vesuvius we have
Sitting on the lava having climbed the mountain: how far away the seaand at Mykonos
How varied are the different kinds and forms of love under the beach parasolsThe POSTCRIPT informs us that
I have come to a fuller understanding of Basho's view of haiku as an "impromptu" — Sokkyo. It would be wrong to think of Sokkyo purely as a snapshot.The second section GREBES IN ENGLAND come from the author's wanderings around London and Epping Forest. Spring brings us
Budding, undefeated, the cherry trees surge in the February snowsSummer has
The coot's nest with willow built into it: a green reflection in the waterAutumn
Wild crysanthemums growing by the roadside verge where the car crashedand Winter
Horse racing: clouds of white breath shouts of encouragementEAST AND WEST, the final section, we are told
depicts the internationalisation of the East and West through frequent cultural exchanges, both formal and informal. The Western sense of beauty is not so different from that of "Kireisabi" — bright and colourful Sabi.Perhaps my favourite from this section is
Coming from the film of Soseki's "Heart" seagulls calling at the riversideThis is a nice edition to include in any haiku library.
|reviewer: Gerald England|