Margaret Chula weaves haiku and the more comical senryu to reflect life's dynamic flux. These poems are as natural as lichen growing on solid surfaces, with a range of perceptions as varied as life itself, from the erotic just a faint tinge / of pink on the goblet / put your mouth there; to the humorous ;Halloween party / the plastic surgeon / comes as himself to the keenly beautiful ;carrying moonlight / into the house / the white peony. The brushstrokes of her poetic lines unfold with the precision of a sumi-e master to reveal tiny parcels of subtle beauty the mark of her haiku.
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Internationally recognized haiku poet, Margaret Chula lived in Kyoto Japan for twelve years where she taught English and creative writing at universities. Her haiku have been anthologized in Global Haiku: Twenty Haiku Poets from Around the World; The Haiku Anthology; and Haiku Moment: An Anthology of North American Haiku and collected in the Museum of Haiku Literature in Tokyo. Active in the international haiku community, Ms. Chula has been a featured speaker for the Haiku Society of America, the Yuki Teikei Society and Haiku North America conferences. She was selected as a delegate to the Haiku International Association conference in Tokyo. Now living in Portland Oregon, she continues to teach, giving lectures and workshops at universities, Zen centers, and haiku conferences. Grants from Oregon Literary Arts and the Regional Arts & Culture Council have supported collaborations with artists, musicians, photographers, and dancers.Review:
Like overalls stained / with last year's garden, the poems in this rich collection are so organic that they seem to be lived and not written. The diverse subjects flower with insight, grace, and humor. These are poems to return to again and again, as with the poet: after meditation / I sit and meditate. Claire Gallagher --Modern Haiku
Margaret Chula's voice is unique and her poems flow delightfully and in such a trenchant and truthful way. Jerry Kilbride --Frogpond
The Smell of Rust is both elegant and spiritual. From the first poem to the last, there is a consistency and harmony. Her intuitive insight into the most common moments highlights how keenly she has honed her skills of observation. Only through years of continuous practice can one achieve this level of awakening. Truly one of the best and brightest stars of the haiku form. Garry Gay, co-founder of Haiku North America --Book Cover
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Book Description Katsura Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110963855123
Book Description Katsura Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. John Hall (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0963855123