|The Emerald Hour|
In The Emerald Hour, poet Richard Stevenson returns to the Japanese forms of haiku and tanka, seemingly the simplest yet most precise of poetic forms. This is his third book of Japanese forms published by Ekstasis Editions. In the first of the series, Hot Flashes, explored Stevenson’s experience of living and teaching in Africa, using haiku to capture the essence of that colourful world. In A Charm of Finches the poet returned home to Alberta, a land more familiar but no less exotic when viewed through the lens of haiku. Now in The Emerald Hour Richard Stevenson focuses clearly on nature, the traditional subject of Japanese forms. From settings such as idyllic Henderson Lake, shown in evocative photographs by Ellen McArthur, to interior British Columbia and hometown of Lethbridge, Stevenson, offers monuments to moments, even Basho would enjoy.
is adept at making his own poetic windows, framing experience and impression
with a feel for how words sound and images might be perceived… His
own often off-kilter takes on things are permeated with a gently rueful
sense of humour.
has become a charter member of the Great Poetry Orchestra, playing with
the likes of Langston Hughes, Amiri Bakara, Corso, Ferlinghetti, and Frank
O’Hara. It’s illustrious company to be sure, but Live Evil
is that good.
Ellen McArthur lives
in Lethbridge, Alberta, where she draws in pen and ink and photographs
people, cityscapes, landscapes, etc. Her other passions include cooking,
hiking, reading, family and friends.
with 29 photographs in b&w
6 x 9