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Unintentional Guide To the Big City


Poetry, a series of Haibun
Cover design by Karina Cutler-Lake
48 pages 
5.5" x 7" single signature with hand sewn binding
Published ____ 2015

According to the Haiku Society of America:

A haibun is a terse, relatively short prose poem in the haikai style, usually including both lightly humorous and more serious elements. A haibun usually ends with a haiku. Most haibun range from well under 100 words to 200 or 300. Some longer haibun may contain a few haiku interspersed between sections of prose. In haibun the connections between the prose and any included haiku may not be immediately obvious, or the haiku may deepen the tone, or take the work in a new direction, recasting the meaning of the foregoing prose, much as a stanza in a linked-verse poem revises the meaning of the previous verse. Japanese haibun apparently developed from brief prefatory notes occasionally written to introduce individual haiku, but soon grew into a distinct genre. The word "haibun" is sometimes applied to longer works, such as the memoirs, diaries, or travel writings of haiku poets, though technically they are parts of the separate and much older genres of journal and travel literature (nikki and kikôbun).

Ethiopian Time


Poetry, Haibun and Tanka
52 pages
5.5" x 7" single signature with hand sewn binding
Published ____ 2014

From the Designer, Dana Hoeschen:


Gravity was strong today. My feet barely left the earth. The sky was bird-less. Pied crows, wattled ibises, kites, all the birds, gathered on the soccer pitch and pecked at the turf. Clouds crashed around me, sank underground, giving me the impression, in spite of the effort needed to drag my soul all the way to dusk, that this could be heaven on earth. So I began to pay attention.



This is the last poem in Bob Lucky's chapbook Ethiopian Time.  On my first read through the manuscript I was struck by the breadth of the experience Bob relates.  Then I read Gravity, and I began to pay attention.  

Just how does one balance the familiar with the foreign?  And just how different is ordinary depending on climate and culture?  

The poems in Ethiopian Time are Haibun - prose poem and haiku or prose poem and tanka combinations.  Bob uses this form effectively to contrast his observations and insights on everyday life in a foreign place. Bob uses and stretches the form to fit his experiences, providing another means of conveying the flexible necessity of life no matter where one lives.  

Read Ethiopian Time, decide for yourself if there isn't more familiar than foreign in its pages.  



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