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The Haiku Diary Kindle Edition

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Length: 96 pages

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  • File Size: 136 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FEFA7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Neil Schiller is an IT consultant and part time academic from Liverpool. Previously, he has published critical work on the authors Charles Bukowski and Richard Brautigan. His first work of fiction, Oblivious, a collection of 21 short stories about life in the North West of England, was released in November 2010.

For critical work, check out:

"Social Mechanics and American Morality: the meaning of nothingness in the prose and poetry of Charles Bukowski", Bukowski Unleashed, (Little Lagoon Press, May 2000)

"Time, History and Cultural Lineage in the work of Richard Brautigan", Richard Brautigan - Essays on the Life, editor Dr. John Barber (McFarland Publishing, December 2006)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gingerlily (SteamTink) on April 15, 2012
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How to squeeze a year
Into as few words as this
without losing it

Darkness and sunlight
With laughter and stormy days
All of the seasons

Dramatic pictures
and claustrophobic detail

A carefree child and
a workworn loving father
are interwoven

A breathtaking ride
And I remembering my
year at the same time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald P. Ng on July 24, 2012
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A charming little book. I was so charmed by it that I started my own Haiku diary, recording each day's events as an Haiku. Because of the structure of Haikus, one is forced to concentrate one's mind in choosing what to write about, and therefore one is forced to examine and focuses one's mind in reflecting on how one has lived oneself every day.
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I wasn't sure what this would be like when I read the description - surely diaries are meant to be rambling and personal? And haiku are meant to be compact and precise, impersonal in their imagery and strict rules of construction? I was unsure how the two forms would work together. But I'd read Neil Schiller's book of short stories 'Oblivious' (and so should you) so I knew he was a good writer, so I took a chance on this.

By and large, it works - I read this in one sitting, and there's some great imagery and sense of the world moving through its seasons. But the diary part works too - gradually the haiku work to build up a picture in your mind of the author, and his life. I really enjoyed that aspect of it, as well as admiring the formal side. The author's introduction where he explained the genesis of the book was interesting too.

Also worth noting is that, unlike some books of poetry for the Kindle, this is perfectly formatted.
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