Irish Haiku features the literate and thoughtful prose of one of Ireland’s critically acclaimed writers, the award-winning poet and essayist, Chris Arthur. Arthur’s writing blends the intensely personal with the abstractly philosophical in his explorations of the meaning of what happens, what has happened, and what may happen. His writing has been compared favorably with figures as diverse as Hubert Butler, Joseph Campbell, Seamus Heaney, C.S. Lewis and V. S. Naipul. As he has done in previous collections, Irish Nocturnes (1999) and Irish Willow (2002), in Irish Haiku Chris Arthur explores the world as it unfolds to his senses. As Arthur listens, touches, watches, tastes, and thinks about his world we are invited to join him in his historical, cultural, natural, philosophical, scientific, sometimes humorous, and always thoughtful ruminations.
“Arthur compares the essay form with that of the haiku. But just as haiku, despite their brevity, cannot be consumed like popcorn, these essays are best read slowly, contemplatively. The reader will here discover worlds in a drop of water as well as enchanting natural connections...Chris Arthur tells us he originally believed he would be a poet, but turned to the essay instead. Clearly, though, he has taken more than a few of the poet’s instincts and skills with him into the genre, further enhancing the pleasure of accompanying him on his tour of some Northern Irish places.” — Thomas E. Kennedy, The Literary Review
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