The publication of Johannes S. H. Bjerg's parallels marks a watershed
in the history of the development of haiku related arts. He's created an
entirely new form for the genre, one that plays like wind-chimes. The
haiku do not restrict themselves to three lines and are arranged side by
side, so that the poems can be read vertically (more literal) in two
columns as two separate poems or horizontally (which gives another yet
grafted meaning) and allows them to be read as one poem. The book
contains some of the most moving poems I've read in the genre or in any
genre or modern poetry, for that matter. Don't miss the opportunity to
read this book. It will delight and amaze you, too.
Jack Galmitz, American renowned haijin and poet, critic and writer.
And the publisher writes:
Parallels is a unique take on English Language Haiku. The poems are
formatted side by side leaving the reader a choice, to read the pieces
as a complete poem or as fragments of poems, each adding to the other.
On first read the book may appear as a surrealist work, but after
careful study Bjerg's humanity shines through. A must for haiku lovers. A
brilliant example of the evolution of short-verse.
It will be available through Amazon later this week.