Wrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku is Barry George's first collection of poetry. The haiku in this book blend a distinctly urban content with the natWrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku is Barry George's first collection of poetry. The haiku in this book blend a distinctly urban content with the nature-oriented perspective of traditional haiku.
after the storm he is rich in umbrellas – the homeless man
floodlit sky – the wrecking ball swings in and out of darkness
"What I admire about Barry George s poetry is the possibility for human utterance within a contemporary scene not unlike the lyric poem in modern English explored in Japanese short forms. In three lines he paints a scene as contemporary as Edward Hopper, strikes notes as American as Aaron Copland. George focuses our attention visually and aurally, and thus each haiku is a cinematic moment casting an after-image long after the poem closes. Even those who are not familiar with the ever-evolving Japanese short form will find Wrecking Ball and Other Urban Haiku universal in compression and resonance --Jeanie Thompson, author of The Seasons Bear Us and Executive Director, The Alabama Writers Forum"...more