Hillbilly Haiku in my new book!
I’ve just launched my new book entitled, TJKY: The Kentucky in the Boy: Volume I. From the introduction,
A book of haiku poetry, stories, and vignettes from a Kentucky boyhood. This slender volume is comprised of things that needed to escape me. They are almost exclusively about my life in Kentucky, although I have not lived there for thirty years. The title is evocative of the old saying, “You can take the boy out of Kentucky, but you can’t take the Kentucky out of the boy.” I find this to be wholly true. I have written these little poems, vignettes, and stories over the years, but largely kept them to myself. Even the most recently written have been living in my head or heart for years. I finally decided to set them free and see if they touched anyone else the way they touched me. This book is predominantly a collection of poems, specifically haiku. However, as much as I love poetry, I have always been a little disappointed with poetry books. One can dip in and out, but, in my experience, it is hard to read one from front to back. My goal with this book is to provide a vehicle for my poems by interspersing them with other short stories and opinion on modern haiku that I have written. My hope is that this illuminates some of the poems and gives a little background to my thinking. Although many have influenced me, this work is my own and any flaws are mine alone.
If you have enjoyed this website, I would truly appreciate it if you would consider buying a copy. If you like it, I would really appreciate you buying some more and giving them out for Christmas.
I’ve truly enjoyed making and publishing this book. It is the culmination of a goal I set myself several years ago. It has now finally come to fruition. It is not all Hillbilly Haiku. I have included some vignettes and short stories interspersed with the haiku. It contains one story that I have not published anywhere else.
As of right now, TJKY is selling very well in Amazon’s haiku poetry section. thanks to all who have already purchased it. It is right up there with some of my haiku favorites, including The Heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield , one of my recent favorites. One that I have not read yet, but I am looking forward to is They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku by Robert Epstein.