A collection of haibun, short prose and poetry, embracing memoirs and anecdotes as well as observations and musings. Including a prose poem account by a survivor of the Johnstown Flood of 1889 (the... More > author's maternal grandmother).< Less
"A Small Silent Ordeal" takes place in the coal region of southwestern Pennsylvania in the 1950's. It is a book of courage and action. Michael, its teen hero, blames himself for his friend... More > Daniel's crushed leg, because his courage failed him the day of the accident at an abandoned mine shaft. Alfie, his arch rival, supports this view.
Through a series of encounters -- a stranger, who talks a down-to-earth brand of "metaphysics:" the healing of a dog's gunshot wound by the laying on of hands; an unexpected outcome from a visit to Daniel; Michael's cousin, Kate's, snakebite, and the crookedbacked mine pensioner, who administers her first aid; a dangerous climb on a waterfall; and finally a coded message left behind by the mysterious stranger -- through these encounters, Michael learns the uselessness of guilt and the rudiments of courage.< Less
Here are 177 tanka culled from the past decade of Larry Kimmel's work in this genre. Referred to as one of the seminal east-west fusionists, Kimmel covers a wide range of subject matter including a... More > love of land, urban nights, eroticism and philosophical speculation. He uses all five senses, and while his method is imagistic, a certain heightened use of language is the hallmark of his craft.< Less
These memoir-like stories show the progress of the protagonist from an almost idyllic beginning into the angst of early manhood. Told in a spare but attractive prose style. The last two section are... More > render in free verse. "Keep On Keeping On" an Prufrockian narrative and "The Temperature of Love" a sequence.< Less