A unique American Haiku book, filled with "firsts": 150 refined and aware "Moments of Now", many observed from a private aircraft. These produced as captured "High-Ku" patterns from among the clouds. A Stanford University professor once declared,: "Joy has eagle eyes that distinguish the important from the insignificant."
Written in travel- form by a Haijen, they offer lyrical- digital word
pictures of Canada, Mexico, America, plus paths in beloved Ireland.
Professor Makoto Ueda wrote: "Basho's journals always make us want to
visit the places he visited. This book seems to do the same."
As a "first", this book offers helpful and necessary suggestions- how
to become not only a Haiku WRITER, but also a Haiku READER, and if
capable, how to self-train to USE Haiku as a HEALER. It has been
proven by many this cameo of BALANCE can become a finely-honed tool
The writer, now retired, believed to be the FIRST pioneer to use Haiku
as a HEALER WITH PATIENTS, commenced this approach over three decades
ago within a Mental Health Setting. This required extreme patience
with patient- and staff in a Psychiatric setting of a California
Since then, Haiku used as a keen instrument has been tested by
qualified persons with important results. This book offers samples of
Haiku that have healed.
Patient- Haiku is never judged for technique, nor its lack of full
rules: rather, ALL Haiku are accepted as previously hidden doorways
into a garden of balance. Early in the author's research, healing
Haiku was daringly introduced to San Quentin inmates. Surprising
acceptance and release of emotions were evident in this toughest of
The author, along with other therapists, has used Haiku and varied
Poetry Therapy tools as white paper islands of balance and peace,
tested in other places of confinement- hospices, hospitals, Half-Way
Houses for drug abuse, with troubled teens in high schools, with the
blind, with "divorced children", divorced adults, in ministries, and
most tenderly used with new mothers of babes lost at birth.
178 pages; soft cover; b/w & color photography;
poetry-haiku; catalogue #06-0246; ISBN 1-4120-8492-x