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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (4 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471677001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471677007
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,757,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Lewis is a writer based in Pontypridd, south Wales.

Dave has been widely published all over the world in a number of literary magazines and web sites. He has published nine books to date, and his work has included poetry, prose, short stories, photography, haiku and two crime novels set in various locations around south Wales and Africa.

In 2007 Dave set up and organised the first ever Welsh Poetry Competition, an international poetry competition aimed at encouraging the wealth of creative writing talent that exists in Wales but is overlooked by the arts establishment.

He writes content for and still maintains many web sites, was web producer for the BBC Wales Scrum V fanzine, has run four hugely successful rugby sites with Rivals.net, has written newspaper columns for the Pontypridd Observer and also has his own web design company, photography site and doggie blog.

He received critical acclaim for his first two novels, Ctrl-Alt-Delete and Raising Skinny Elephants - crime thrillers set in Wales and Africa.

His last poetry book was Roadkill, a collection of modern poetry, and he is currently writing his third novel - the concluding part of a trilogy.

He has just published his first non-fiction book, on Photography Composition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Fisk on 10 Oct. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If the blurb of certain other books of haiku I've read is to be believed, Wales is a bit backward regarding the publication of this form of poetry. The blurb on Nigel Jenkins' book "Blue", published as recently as 2002, claims to be the first ever collection of poetry by a Welsh publisher. Gomer's "another country: haiku poetry from wales" (the lack of capitals is theirs, and even the editors of this book, including nigel jenkins again, dispense with capitals for this collection) is apparently "the first ever Welsh national anthology of haiku poetry". And that was published just last year (2011)! This despite, as Dave Lewis tells us in the introduction to his own book, "Haiku", the form originating in the 17th century, with its origins traceable back to the 14th century. So, it would seem, Wales is only around 4 centuries late in cottoning on.

It's a funny form, haiku. It has its supporters and its detractors. It is popular in writers' groups, and most poets will claim to have at least a few they can reel off. Perhaps the reason that there are, apparently, not a lot of books dedicated to the form (at least in Wales) is that it is a little tricky filling out a book of them. "Blue" has around 100 of the things, with just one per page to bulk it out. For anyone completely unfamiliar with the form, its essence is its brevity - perhaps no more than 10 words per poem, so you can appreciate that a mere haiku per page is indeed pretty sparse. Oh, but it is the depth contained within those words which surely will make you dwell on each page the longer.

Dave's book is free from pretentions, and he packs in a meaty 5 poems per page. He's really pushed the boat out in the quantity stakes, with almost 300 little ditties in this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gill -- HENRHYDE on 20 Sept. 2012
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Haiku
Love this Haiku book.
The way it is divided into the 4 seasons , reminded me of Vivaldi's music !

Beautiful to read the verses for Autumn -which is now -so much change.
Many verses ,are explained in the Notes at the end of the book.

The natural world, is contrasted with our " chaotic " world , with the never ending materialism.
Time stands still -thoughts and dreams are instilled , as you read these lines. Past memories are awoken -with Dave's words.

As Dave explains,in the introduction-Haiku has it's simplicity from Buddhism .

I have many favourites -one is -
"a rabbit bolted
hardly heard
above the rush of water "

Yes -it reminds us not to miss , that special moment -listen and look.
A book to inspire , others to read and write poetry.

Well done Dave -
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Treacher on 17 Feb. 2013
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Modern Haiku which addresses the everyday and yet somehow brings out those snapshot insights that resonate with the reader. This book comes highly recommended.
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