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Summer Haiku

These haiku were written over three summers, camping on our piece of land near Waihi in Aotearoa New Zealand, and, for contrast, one winter sojourn there in our newly-built gypsy wagon. The land is bordered by the Mataura stream—which means ‘red face’. We call the place ‘Land of the shining stream’ or ‘River’s edge’. The eels are named Brad and Angelina. One day, we’ll build a house there. In the meantime, we’re developing the land along permaculture principles, and noting moments both practical and transcendant.

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9780648404279 70 March 2019 9780648404279 , , , ,
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From the Afterword:

These haiku were written over three summers, camping on our piece of land near Waihi in Aotearoa New Zealand, and, for contrast, one winter sojourn there in our newly-built gypsy wagon. The land is bordered by the Mataura stream—which means ‘red face’. We call the place ‘Land of the shining stream’ or ‘River’s edge’. The eels are named Brad and Angelina. One day, we’ll build a house there. In the meantime, we’re developing the land along permaculture principles, and noting moments both practical and transcendant.

‘Owen Bullock—an experienced, confident, experimental practitioner in Japanese-based poetic forms – is every bit as much a student of humanity…as he is of haiku.’
– Rodney Williams, One Hundred Gourds

Praise for River’s Edge:

‘…these haiku remind us to attend to the ‘smallest’ moments of our lives, as if it is they that shape and define us.’
– Jane Williams, Text Journal

‘Above all, the collection’s appearance is deceptive—while the haiku are characteristically brief and simple, they are intricately crafted and mindful as memories resurface and are subsequently overtaken…’
– Erin Thornback​, Cordite Poetry Review

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