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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Four Virtual Haiku Poets: a new haiku anthology edited by Alan Summers and Brendan Slater

Four Virtual Haiku Poets
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Scott Terrill, Brendan Slater, Colin Stewart Jones, Michael Goglia
Edited by Alan Summers, Brendan Slater


Cage Fighting

An Introduction to Four Virtual Haiku Poets 
by Alan Summers

“Gritty, experimental, human and readable for a mainstream audience.”
Brendan Slater

The poem, in all its forms, perhaps, to paraphrase Ian Sansom - frequent contributor and critic for The Guardian and the London Review of Books - remains a most elusive thing.  One minute you think you have it pinned down, and the next it’s moved, both geographically, and in its mode of transport.  If you thought you knew everything about haiku poetry, here’s an exploration into other styles and approaches.

What of short verse, and in particular, haiku and other aspects of haikai literature in the fledgling 21st century?

This book covers three geographic locations, that of Britain, America and Australia, and poetry that’s an excitement of language yet still contained in tight cages called haiku.  That’s what we are invited here to see, “the where and how of poets” contained in tight enclosures. I want the reader in me to have these four poets excite me in their approach to poetry, to language, to words, and to their audience, while all the while using the constrained framework of haiku.

These poems offer up possibilities for the many aspects of existence that we embrace or fail to embrace, or should not embrace.  These may be poems living on, or off the edge, perhaps always living too dangerously close to the flame, but we need only read them, and back off, and then become relieved we are not in their universe of existence, and then revisit them with the shock of strong black coffee, or a splash of cold water.

How do we enter into conversation with these poets, or is a poem an argument? What are the basic intentions on offer that are indispensable to compose these poems?


We will leave that up to its readers, and how they engage with the original and different formats of the book as a whole.

Alan Summers, Co-Editor
Four Virtual Haiku Poets

Four Virtual Haiku Poets contains modern haiku tackling themes such as loss, aspiration, drugs, sexual abuse, fugitiveness, sex, poverty and the inner conflicts of humanity.

Four Virtual Haiku Poets
Yet To Be Named Free Press
Publication Date: Aug 14 2012
ISBN/EAN13: 1478307544 / 9781478307549


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