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much more than the sum of its eastern and western parts,
This review is from: Seasons of the Heart (Paperback)
Clear your head and fortify your soul with Scots writer Alan Spence's radiant little collection of technically daring and impeccable haiku poems, simultaneously charting the year's changes and the shifts in emotional weather that we are all subject to. Time will tell, but it looks set to join the very small club of artistic creations (see also "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Madame Butterfly") that triumphantly bridge east and west. Spence has a deep appreciation of the Zen aesthetic, which is blended with the lightest touches of wit and sometimes-mordant irony that is peculiarly Scottish.
the Zen garden/a crack in the wall/in exactly the right place
He has unerring judgement about concrete detail, sometimes just letting the wonderful thingness of things bleed into the reader's consciousness, other times squeezing whole histories into three lines. A deep well of delights that repays visit after visit.