Author(s): HARDY J
The haiku is a tiny poem of Japanese origin, usually only three lines long and a total of seventeen syllables, that uses concrete images to create a sensation one can almost touch, smell and taste. Just as in nature, each poem is made up of fundamental building blocks that together form a living, breathing entity. The true beauty of haiku lies in its ability to capture an intensely human moment, mood or insight with a clarity and poignancy that can be lost in other verse forms. This inspiring anthology is a beautiful collection that brings together 136 of the best contemporary poets from around the world, and features traditional Japanese Masters such as the much loved Issa and Basho.
Jackie Hardy has been reading, writing and editing haiku for fifteen years. The landscape and lifestyle of rural Northumberland, England, where she has lived for the last twenty years, provides inspiration for much of her creative work. Jackie has written a haiku collection entitled The Dust is Golden. Some more of her haiku appears in her poetry collection, Canuting the Waves. Jackie works in adult education. Currently she manages a series of outreach programmes for Lancaster University, but has tutored many courses on literature and creative writing in northeast England.