In general I don't like poetry that much. I make an exception for Hiaku because I find that the strict format seems to encourage a degree of clarity and focus that I often find missing in poetry. Think of it as photography with words. If you're familiar with Haiku at all, it's probably through the works of Basho. His work is brilliant, but often melancholy in tone. To follow the photography metaphor, his works are like landscapes. Kenneth Verrity's work is something quite different, however. If Basho is Ansel Adams then Verrity would be Henri Cartier Bresson. His verses have all the insight, precision and discipline of Basho's work, but the tone is quite different. Often quizzical, wry, and sometimes laugh out loud funny. You're bound to find something in here that you've always known but never been able to put into words before. You might want to read through this book in one sitting, or you might want to dip into it from time to time. The main thing is that it's a book that's worth coming back to again and again and each time you do, you'll find something different in it. And just to make it perfect there's a section at the end of the book providing helpful advice on writing Haiku style verses of your own.
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