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True to the spirit of haiku, her poems each have a reference to nature—the moonlit night, the cold depth of ocean, the dampness of earth and stone. Others offer a glimpse of a deeper, perhaps hidden (perhaps not-so-hidden) nature—the nature of man, of beast, of evil.
And cutting words! In some pieces they are quite literal (and so creepy they make me smile). In others, they are subtle but impactful. You feel the cut most sharply after you read it, absorb it, and process it.
My favorite poem of the collection is a great example of this:
Darkest deep, unvoiced
beneath cracked civility
until the blood spills
--by AF Stewart, "Horror Haiku and Other Poems"
See the twist, the moment everything changes? That's what makes it haiku. The dread that seeps under your skin once you read it...that's what makes it horror.
The poems are accompanied by hauntingly beautiful photography and artwork, which add another layer to the splendor of the book. You can also find links to sites online that showcase Stewart's verses and accompanying artwork. Overall, a wonderful book just in time for the darkest days of the year.
I didn't know what to expect, and I was not disappointed at all. I loved it!
Ms. Stewart's words were beautifully dark and macabre. A photograph preceded each Haiku which was a bonus that I enjoyed. I went back and read it again, because I didn't appreciate the accompanying photos the first time as much as I should have, because I was concentrating on the verse.
There's also links to a blog that showcase Ms. Stewarts's work with drawn illustrations that I thought offered a different perspective on the Haiku which was interesting.
As a huge fan of Victorian Gothic Horror one of my favorite verses was:
London gaslight hiss
cobblestone shadows shiver
and the undead walk.
Everything you need to know is right there.
I'm so glad that I read this book. I've discovered a whole new way to enjoy my horror. I couldn't be happier!