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smoothly written haiku, nicely illustrated too

  • Apr 25, 2013
Linda Swift’s smoothly written haiku are illustrated with gorgeous full-color photos and montages in her short book (47 pages) Song of Every Season. Pale winds blow through spring to the bean fields of summer, and neat black-white-and-gray patterns add punctuation. The metaphors and descriptions are beautiful, from strobing sunlight to red and white streamers in the long black tresses of an evening interstate. An Indian women sells gems by the freeway in a well-drawn haiku set, red desert sand around and blue shadowed mountains beyond. Then autumn’s ghosts and goblins prowl lightly among the whispered warnings of winter while trees’ gold fingers reach to blue autumn sky. Spring’s seeds wait, jonquil stems pushing from their warm bed, while squirrels dig and the first forsythia trembles and the seasons turn again.
Song of  Every Season is a lovely little book and a beautiful reason to love haiku.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to find this when it was free.

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Linda Swift divides her time between her native state of Kentucky and Florida. She is an award winning author of published poetry, articles, short stories, and a TV play, and a past president of Kentucky State Poetry Society. In her other life she worked in public education as a teacher, counselor, and psychometrist in three states. She has been married forever to her husband who is her photographer and in-house tech, and credits him and their adult children with providing encouragement and technical support necessary for survival in the cyberspace world. Her first two books were published by Kensington. Willow Moon Publishing has also released her print book of prose poetry, Humanly Speaking: Conversations With God; and two short stories, A Time To Give and Bergman, Rosellini, and Me. Other work available includes This Time Forever, Champagne Books; To Those Who Wait, Whiskey Creek Press; Single Status, Whimsical Publications; Circle of Love, The Wild Rose Press; Summer Love, Desert Breeze and. Maid of the Midlands and Resurrection; Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery. Visit her website at: www.lindaswift.net.
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