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Book: Looking Inward - 50 Haiku for Reflection & Introspection by Mallory Rowe

Book: Looking Inward - 50 Haiku for Reflection & Introspection by Mallory Rowe

categories: Book, Senryu, Poetry, Female, Women, Nature, Universe, Psychology, Self-Help, Nonfiction, Haiku


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Author Mallory Roweabout this book: Looking Inward gives readers 50 haiku that inspire introspection. There are five sections By contemplating the nature of our universe, the reader will understand themselves more. The depths of each person are endless, and the poems in this book help each person search those depths.

One reviewer wrote:

• "So much of the beauty rendered through haiku lives in the words evanescing into a natural image like water disappearing into soil. This image, bringing the eyes and frenetic "monkey mind" into its essential stasis, returns the reader to the text which, with masterful dictional and tonal ambiguity, mimes the fundamental irony of the occasion of these elegiac reflections - the literary presence of an absent moment now passed, the presence of the moment's metaphorical subject in and through its literal subject, etc - and recreates the occasion for art in the ceaseless engagement of self with the outside world whose reconciliation is always momentary, always changing even in the unchangingness of its constant change.

This "dynamic stasis" if you can allow the oxymoron is at the heart of the noble stereoscopic "yūgen" aesthetic so poignant in the best haiku, jettisons (or welcomes!) the reader into a terrestrial sublime that is also transcendental and universal because it denies the opposition of these modes. It harmonizes them by nesting reader, writer, nature, emotions, past, present, and the eternal "fractally" (to put it coarsely) within one another, making of a horizontally minuscule and vertically fathomless observation a gateway into the sort of reflection leading timelessly through an infinitude of forking paths into yūgen, which is the radiant costume of the sincere and noble soul exercising its connection to beauty." — Peter C

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