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The Silence Unravelling
Haiku & 10 tanka
Paul Ó Colmáin
“To write successful haiku in English, a poet would, I imagine, have to have a love of language, or languages; and would also have to have the eye of an artist and the ear of a musician. It’s no surprise that Paul Ó Colmáin has undertaken such a task, for he is the perfect poet for it. A gifted, craftful writer and linguist, a brilliant exponent of woodcut engravings, and a talented song-writer and muscian, he brings all his formidable gifts to bear on this beautiful collection of verse – many of the specimens netted from his ‘haiku of the week’ feature on his website. Paul has taken the traditional elements of haiku – the quick-witted perception, the flourish of a thought, the accurate observation – and cast them in an Irish mould.” James Harpur from his introduction.
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“These haiku and tanka are fresh, accurate, insightful and clear. They delight in our one and only world; they lift the heart, and quiet the mind.” Theo Dorgan
“These are wonderful poems! They grab your attention instantly evoking strong responses with their dagger like accuracy, their spot-on images, and their sly humor. I have had the most delightful time reading them, and they stay with me like good poems should—not something you remember, but what you cannot forget.” Anne Mullin Burnham