Friday, February 19, 2010

Calligraphy of Clouds

 
Jim Wilson over at Shaping Words reviewed this book, and, on his recommendation I ambled over to my local bookstore and bought a copy. I'm glad I did. I really like the wide range of topics he addresses in his Haiku and Tanka. Some are erotic. I also appreciate the fact that he usually observes the syllabic count that some Haiku writers do. It shows extra effort and care, craftsmanship. I like it. I am also pleased by his display of a gift that mostly eludes me: he manages to slip in rhymes from time to time. 

If all this weren't enough, Mr. Rotbard  teaches elementary school in addition to composing his fine poetry. Teaching, may I say from some personal experience, can be an enormously challenging and draining (but also psychologically rewarding) occupation these days. Finding the gumption to compose and self publish poetry after teaching....

Wow.

I don't have time to write a formal review. I've got a classroom to get ready for Monday. Jim's review serves that purpose well. To find it, just click on this link: JIM'S REVIEW.

But I would like to share one of his Tanka poems to give you a taste of Mr. Rotbard's work. I suspect that anyone around my age might enjoy it.




Old Age

It creeps up on you
slowly, taps your shoulder, asks—
May I sit down here?
No, but sits down anyway,
and then keeps moving closer.

—Yeshaya Rotbard

2 comments:

Jim714 said...

Dear Dan:

I'm glad you have enjoyed "Calligraphy". And thanks for the link.

Jim

Dan Gurney said...

You're welcome, Jim. Thanks for recommending the book to me.