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By Steve Sisk
Apr 3, 2011
Haiku is such a compact form of prose that it really depends on the specific voice of the poet to make the limited number of words connect with the reader. And when it does connect, it really resonates. Haiku Year, began as a writing challenge by Will Hindmarch to write a haiku every day for one year, succeeds in bringing a fresh and interesting voice to the genre. Will's poems are enjoyable and often poignant, successful examples of the form. As with any project of this nature, many are only barely definable as "true" haiku, many break the rules and stretch the bounds. However each brings us closer to the author and more familiar with his unique voice. I found this to be an enjoyable book, 4 stars out of 5.
If haiku is a literary moment that reflects on nature, Haiku Year is a collection of just over a hundred literary moments that reflect on the nature of the author. Will Hindmarch's haiku is rough, struggling, and welcomingly imperfect. This was a project to produce quantities, after all: a haiku every day for a year. Still, it provides a poetic window into the mind of a freelance writer working to explore potentials in what he does. To release Haiku Year is a move that opens vulnerabilities. Hindmarch occasionally reflects on his work in short journalistic entries, couching his revelations in doubt and dissatisfaction. His self, contemporary with the project, dissects hiw poems by dissatisfactions: too joking, too serious, too cloy. With time and forgetfulness, however, he discovers worth and reassurance in his later revisitation. It is not the kind of authorial growth he expected to experience. We are given the opportunity to follow him along through the journay, almost reading over... More > his shoulder. Haiku Year is a sympathetic book to readers with their own frustrated, creative urges. Far horizons can negotiate with personal truths in this book.< Less