Published and unpublished poetry from the works of the two authors.
Just as haiku encapsulates the essence of the moment, this collection of haiku and related forms preserves a series of such moments in the authors’ lives. And, like life itself, these moments document deeply emotional journeys of dreams won and lost, subtle humor and personal struggle. Refusing to shy away from even the most difficult aspects of life, Golas and Fay present a collection of poetry that runs the gamut of emotions.
Some of their poetry is influenced by the geographical and cultural impacts of living in the area known until recently as ‘The Nickel Capital of the World.’ The special section, “Sudbury Breccia,” assembles a number of poems that express life in a northern Ontario mining town.
I keep coming back to "Breccia" and each time I find haunting images that suit my mood: light-hearted, witty, melancholy. The real power of these poems, however, derives from the unshirking honestly of the poets. By exposing themselves emotionally, the poets speak universal truths that many people cannot bear to speak for themselves.
The expression “a little goes a long way” is most often used in a negative sense. But with haiku poetry and its related forms, a little is a very good thing. And the crystalline imagery contained in each poem from this book does go a long way. Just a few crisp lines can evoke a whole scene, a whole landscape. I deliberately read Breccia a few pages at a time, interspersed with other reading, because reading too much all at once risks losing the impact of each precise creation. I highly recommend Breccia to all readers, and especially writers, as an example of how powerful a few well-chosen words can be.
I was born and raised in Sudbury (actually Beaver Lake) and my father was a miner at INCO and my mother was a teacher in Whitefish. I have come to know of Ignatius Fay through my cousin, Chris. Ignatius' love of poetry, especially the unique style of Haiku is simply lovely. I have recently received a copy of his book, Breccia, written by Ignatius and Irene - what a wonderful collection of expressions! I have used this book in my classroom in Vancouver (I teacher grades 6/7) and my students are so excited and willing to delve into the world of writing Haiku. The poems in Breccia make you stop and think, something that we all need to do in this maniac world of rush, hurry and get things done. I am so delighted to write in full support of this amazing book! I am so blessed to have connected with Ignatius through my cousin Chris and my students are also equally blessed to have a real connection in writing and in learning. This truly is what education is about - real world connections.... More > Pick up a copy, make yourself a cup of tea and just read and reflect! I highly recommend this book to everyone but especially Sudburians, former Sudburians (there are so many of us) and teachers who can use this book to promote writing, reflecting and expression!< Less
I really enjoyed reading this book. The poems seem so personal yet I can relate to them. I can feel the pain, beauty and memories in each one. I loved the images of Sudbury - the tang of sulphur, bone-snapping cold - so real. I can open the book at any page and begin to read. I would highly recommend this reading this book.
This is one book that I will be picking up again and again. It was an emotionally cathartic and engaging experience to read it in one sitting and then re-savor the images as I lingered with it over my breakfasts for a few days. I chortled out loud, felt pangs of sadness, and waves of nostalgia as I was drawn into each distilled scene.The two poetic perspectives are a perfect complement and blend together beautifully, doubly enriching the reader. Overall,I was left with a feeling of gratitude and satisfaction after reading Breccia and an appetite for another helping.
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