Philomene Kocher

new, selected & collaborative haiku

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Philomene Kocher’s newest collection still: new, selected & collaborative haiku is a triumph that is not to be missed. The book’s interior, New & Selected Haiku, contains individual haiku under sections titled: Blizzard, Dandelions, Fireflies, and Harvest. These intriguing descriptors invite the reader to stay and savour each season’s haiku offerings. Septenga with poet Marco Fraticelli and one haiku travelogue make for a delightful bonus. Highly Recommended.
~ Roberta Beary, author of The Unworn Necklace

If you like poetry that at once makes you think, challenges you to look at the world from a little bit different perspective, yet leaves you truly satisfied, this collection is for you.
~ Ignatius Fay, editor of Tandem: The Rengay Journal

Throughout these pages, the poems show a poet fully aware of what it takes to make indelible haiku. She draws the reader into magical moments through individual haiku and in sequences written with Marco Fraticelli. I’m sure the reader will agree, this is a book to learn from, to teach from and ultimately enjoy, reading after reading.
~ LeRoy Gorman, past editor, Haiku Canada Review

Breath by exquisite breath, these poems are an ecology of wonder that ground us in our natural home. Each haiku is a jewel of contemplation playing our senses. This is a collection meant for meditation and joy.
~ Rebecca Luce-Kapler, author of The Negation of Chronology: Imagining Geraldine Moodie

Philomene Kocher lives in Kingston, Ontario. She grew up on a farm near Hepworth, Ontario (pop. 400) which is now part of the town of South Bruce Peninsula. Her connection to nature from those early years continues to deepen and inspire. Her poetry has appeared in publications in Canada, the United States, and Japan. Her first collection of haiku, tanka, and haibun was published in 2014 by catkin press: Singing in the Silo. For 12 years she served on the executive of Haiku Canada. She enjoys sharing haiku in the community: as part of a theatre production, on a neighbourhood sidewalk chalkboard, and in a local tea store. After volunteering to share haiku in a spiritual care program for persons with dementia (Soul Sessions) at a long-term care facility, she completed graduate studies exploring haiku as a way of connection. She has also facilitated many workshops, believing haiku fosters the ability to find beauty in the ordinary.

Marco Fraticelli was born in Montreal in 1945. In his early years as a poet, he decided to study and write haiku to sharpen his skills as a lyric poet. Forty years later, he is still writing haiku. For much of that time, he served on the executive of Haiku Canada, and has edited numerous haiku anthologies. His poetry has won prizes in Canada, the United States, and Japan. His most recent books consist of haibun – a poetic form that combines story with haiku. Drifting (2013) was inspired by the found diaries of a woman who lived in the early 1900s in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and excerpts from her diaries are matched with Marco’s haiku. A Thousand Years (2018) unites imagined letters written by Marco with haiku by an 18th century Japanese woman haiku master, Chiyo-ni. He is currently working on his third collection of haibun, as well as navigating the translation into French of his previous books of haibun along with selected haiku.

ISBN 978-1-77171-468-6
103 pages
5.5 x 8.5
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