In Owen Bullock’s second haiku sequence with Recent Work Press, he explores the wisdom garnered from his period as a care worker for the elderly in New Zealand. These haiku display the riches of Bullock’s keen sense of observation married with his ability to get to the essence of any subject with his deft use of this most precise of Japanese forms.
“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, as expressed by the overtaking waves of the poem above.’ – Erin Thornback , cordite.org.au