Peggy Lyles.
To Hear the Rain: Selected Haiku of Peggy Lyles
© 2002. Clothbound, (5.5" X 8.5") 128 pages.
ISBN: 0-929820-03-8
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Paul MacNeil posted the message below to WHCworkshop, the largest of the World Haiku Club lists.

From: Paul (MacNeil)
Date: Wed Jul 2, 2003
Subject: free advice from my soapbox

Noting that "free advice" may be worth just what you pay for it, let me suggest, nay—urge, that you purchase two new books. I always advise haiku consumers/writers to read as many of the leading haiku poets in English as possible. Some collections are available free on-line. At the Haiku Society of America (see Henderson Awards and others) are hundreds in this language http://www.hsa-haiku.org and for example, at The Heron’s Nest, through July, is a free archive of 2,243 haiku we have published (paper and electronic editions) http://www.theheronsnest.com —others online from many individual poets. But for printed haiku, a basic collection already has or should include: The Haiku Handbook, William. J. Higginson, paperback in bookstores and from Amazon—and The Haiku Anthology,3rd edition, edited by Cor van den Heuvel. These cost $$, but not much. The 2 new ones I commend as "musts" for any library and for all lovers of haiku at any level of experience with the genre. In hardback from Brooks Books and Amazon, is To Hear The Rain by Peggy Willis Lyles.

My review: "One of the greatest single-author collections of haiku ever published."

and: from Modern Haiku Press (and Amazon) just released in June 2003, a nice paperback http://www.modernhaiku.org/mhbooks/gurgaHPG2003.html Lee Gurga has written Haiku: A Poet's Guide. This is the one folks. I suggest a larger library for each poet who can afford it. There are other fine books, and I own them, of how to experience and pen haiku, but Gurga's is simply wonderful. It is full of examples of the best of English-language haiku used it service to his teaching. Excellent. Covers it all, nuts and bolts of writing to philosophy. Haiku, haiku, haiku. I bought it Saturday and finished it last night. I'll read it all again soon. Lee is the editor of Modern Haiku, the oldest and most presigious journal in the language. If you will subscribe to any haiku journal, this is the starting place, the standard. frogpond, Heron's Nest, Acorn, and the British Snapshots and Blithe Spirit—and dozens of others, can and should catch your cash too. His own haiku poetry is superb, Brooks Books: Fresh Scent by Lee Gurga is great. Do get these two books—Haiku: A Poet's Guide & To Hear The Rain. While I know both Lee and Peggy, I have no interest in either publisher, and I'm not mentioned in either, either. I guess you can tell? I liked them? They will help your haiku, and mine. Soapbox time over, —Paul MacNeil, Heron's Nest & World Haiku Club