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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Does Fish-God Know haiku collection by Alan Summers

Does Fish-God Know [Paperback]
Alan Summers (Author)

Publisher: Yet To Be Named Free Press (October 15, 2012)
158 Pages
ISBN-10: 1479211044
ISBN-13: 978-1479211043

Contents of Does Fish-God Know

Toy Suns, 11
Cupcake, 87
Shichi Fukujin, 155
General Publication Credits, 157
Award Credits, 158 review extract:
This tantalizing collection, from leading light of haiku Alan Summers, is stuffed full of unique and evocative gems. Straddling the heady border between reality and surreality are pieces such as "Toy Suns" and "Ghost Knifefish", while "Curse Her" and "Cherry Moon" throw the battle of the sexes into abrupt relief.  A must-have book for any haiku fan.
Chicago-born musician, and novelist, Tracey Kelly who composes music for film and media.
first quarter moon
dancing pinheads burst
into new angel DNA

Alan Summers
Publications credits: Asahi Shimbun (Japan, 2012)

This book is dedicated to Karen, my wife, muse, and keeper of my heart.

My many thanks also to the good people of haiku, Colin Blundell, Editor of Blithe Spirit, the journal of the British Haiku Society, who published my Does Fish-God Know title poem, which also won the ekphrastic haiku award for that issue, and to my translator Hidenori Hiruta (Akita, Japan) for breathing warmth and fire into his fine translations of my work; and to Emily Dickinson, and The Emperor Of Ice-Cream, Wallace Stevens.

I pull its colors
to create my own state

Alan Summers 

Publications credits:    see haiku here (Japan, haiga #531, 2011); haijinx IV:1 (2011); The Humours of Haiku (Iron Press 2012)

[T]his book contains some of the strongest haiku written by Alan Summers, carefully chosen for their cerebral attack, backbone, humour and adaptive modelling. If you're familiar with Alan's work you'll be pleasantly surprised. 

If you're not familiar with his work then you'll be rushing out to buy other titles by him.

Alan Summers is one of Britain's top haiku writers.

Brendan Slater, 2012

inner-city forest
a chameleon gives me
the undercover eye

Alan Summers

Publications credits: Asahi Shimbun (2011)

Ah, out of the old pond and into the city!

Does the Fish-God know? And if, what is it he knows? He knows of life with its hard sides and gloomy shades as it is for the many people really subjected to reality. He knows that life is not all flowers and wonderful sunsets. He knows of sides never – or rarely - shown in what at present is (mis)named as "modern haiku".

But he's a god with compassion. Even through rough sceneries The Emperor of Ice-Cream strolls. These haiku have been sorely missed. 

These are NEW haiku as they live and breathe on the back of tradition but are present in the world of the 21st century. 

Alan Summers makes use of the Western mind  and a Japanese tradition to show that haiku has a place in the modern world, and will still have one if we are ready to keep our minds open to every experience and influence that befalls a human.

A manifestation of gendai haiku that shows it's not a dream ...

Johannes S. H. Bjerg
International writer and artist writing in Danish & English. 
Managing Editor, Bones Journal
Author of  "Penguins/Pingviner" 2011

vigilante movie
my elbow
heavy on your knee

Alan Summers

Publications credits:
Symmetry Pebbles (2011); The Humours of Haiku (Iron Press 2012)

Modern western haiku written by a Japan Times award winning author. Poems that will bend your mind and tempt you to re-evaluate your sense of reality. A must for lovers of experimental short-verse poetry.

Brendan Slater, YTBN Free Press

dandelion wind
mending bridges
in the mist

Alan Summers

Publications credits: Blithe Spirit (British Haiku Society Journal Vol 22 No. 3 2012)

beads of sweat
I lose myself in
the copulation of flies

Alan Summers

Publications credits:
Blithe Spirit (British Haiku Society Journal Vol 22 No. 3 2012) [Autumn 2012]; Sea Bandits ed Aubrie Cox (2012)

The book contains a wide range of experimental haiku and short verse, as well as one line haiku to seek out and read.

Does Fish-God Know [Paperback]
ISBN-10: 1479211044
ISBN-13: 978-1479211043

Pub. Yet To Be Named Free Press

Available at Amazon USA; UK; and Europe.

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