Online Collections Published by Brooks Books
Brooks Books publishes free, online collections of haiku. These collections feature color photography and haiku, traditional sumi-e painting and contemporary graphic arts approaches to haiga. Publishing these collections as traditional print media books would be very expensive, so we are happy to publish them online and make them available to the haiku community as a free service for the love of haiku and the related haiga arts. See Randy's haiga created at the Midwest Haiku Retreat. We are happy to provide these online photography & traditional haiga web colleciton free of charge for haiku readers.
Sky In My Teacup
haiku & photographs by Anne LB Davidson
Anne LB Davidson. Sky In My Teacup
This collection of haiku and photography comes from years of craft with the art of haiku and a lifelong interest in photography. With haunting photographs of New York City before 9-11, and beautiful nature scapes, this collection invites you to build your own connections around each haiku and to imaginatively enter the space of each photograph.
Avoiding temptations to illustrate haiku with photographs and refusing to reduce the haiku to commentary on the photoraphs, Anne LB Davidson invites you to find the sky in your teacup.
Narrative Photo Haiku
haiku and photographs by Nancy H. Wiley & Gretchen Batz
Gretchen Batz & Nancy Wiley. Narrative Photo Haiku Brooks Books © 2005 Gretchen Batz & Nancy Wiley
Originally presented as an exhibit of photography and haiku at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois in the fall of 2004, Brooks Books is pleased to publish this collection of narrative photo haiku. Each photo and haiku tells a minature story. Enjoy!
As you view our works online, please note that the haiku are embedded within the photo as a rollover. Move your cursor onto the photo and the haiku will appear.
Seasons of Water
haiku by Nancy Wiley & photographs by Gretchen Batz
Gretchen Batz & Nancy Wiley. Seasons
This collection combines Gretchen Graft Batz' photography with Nancy Hatch Wiley's original haiku poems. It was first exhibited at Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, in the summer of 2000.
As you view our works online, please keep in mind that the photographs are not meant to represent the haiku moment exactly since the artists were not together when the photographs were taken and the poems were written. But each photograph does illustrate some aspect of its accompanying haiku.
As to the title of the exhibit, "Seasons of Water," it seemed like a natural theme since water takes many forms which change with each Midwestern season.
Long Walk Alone
haiku by Lee Gurga & photographs by Gretchen Batz
Batz & Lee Gurga. Long Walk Alone
the end of my lane
This online presentation includes works from the 2000 Decatur exhibit as well as works for which there was not enough space to include there. Many thanks to Randy and Shirley Brooks for inviting me to share these photographs with a global audience. And thanks to Cathy Sadowski for assisting with the online edition design and editing. Please join us for the Long Walk Alone. from the introduction by Gretchen Batz
haiku and photographs by Michael Dylan Welch
Michael Dylan Welch. Open Window
Open Window pairs poems with photographs using renku-like linking techniques, and in many cases you'll find a link from photograph to photograph as well. Rather than having the poem and photograph mirror each other too closely, I've mostly linked them together by colour, mood, time, or place, and sometimes by subject or season.
These photographs, mostly taken on the west coast of the United States and Canada, are half of a slide show created for my "Come to Your Senses" haiku workshop. I first presented these photographs and haiku at a Japanese arts festival hosted by Kazuaki Tanahashi at Green Gulch
Zen Center in Marin, California in July of 1998.
I believe both haiku and photography are a window to the amazing world around us. I invite you to open these windows. my collection, Open Window. Michael Dylan Welch
after the quake
With love, Zolo
haiga by Zolo
John J. Polozzolo. With love, Zolo
Randy Brooks, Editor. Introduction by Jeanne Emrich
Brooks Books © 2000 John J. Polozzolo
This is a collection of 17 haiga by Zolo who began reading and writing haiku about 30 years ago. John Polozzolo is one of a growing number of poets in North America today discovering the aesthetic appeal and creative potential of the Japanese art form known as haiga or haiku painting. Zolo, as he signs his paintings, brings to the form a decidedly contemporary dynamism even as he continues the painterly traditions of some of the earliest haiga masters of Japan.
"I live in the shining beauty of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with my wife, Susan. I have a son, Mark. Painting, pottery, and poetry have been lifelong passions, and my love of the brush and raku brought me to haiga." --from the author
The Long Way Home
haiku and photographs by Garry Gay
Gary Gay. The Long Way Home
Brooks Books © 1999 Garry Gay
My days unfold often like a treasure hunt. The prize is to convey to an unknown audience the deeper sense of oneself. Most of the feelings that quality haiku bring forth awaken an old emotion or bring a burst of instant enlightenment from a deep well of memories. Childhood, friendships, separations, first experiences, roads traveled in a life lived fully. The gift of haiku is to recall a special feeling.
The dream quality of painted words let the imagination drift to special moments we all have. The challenge photographically is to be visually suggestive and not undermine the beauty of a few carefully chosen words. Both the haiku and the photograph must let you enjoy the moment of crossing the threshold. Please cross over with me in my collection,The Long Way Home. from the foreword by Garry Gay
Snow buried canoe;
In Her Blue Eyes
haiku by Randy & Shirley Brooks
Randy & Shirley Brooks. In Her Blue Eyes: Jessica Poems
© 1998 Brooks Books
With each of our children, we have written and published a small chapbook of poems. Our first born, Alan, was chronicled in The Rosebud Bursts published in 1979, the year of his birth. The second, Arik, was the focus of our collection called Me Too! which was published in 1985, four years after he was born. Several years later, we were blessed with our third child, our daughter, Jessica, born on September 24, 1994. Her book includes pregnancy through toddlehood.
This book of poems is the third in our parenting series, and we are pleased to share this latest treasure in our family, In Her Blue Eyes: Jessica Poems, both online and in print. from the foreword by Randy Brooks
no crumbs left,
haiku by sixth graders, Warrensburg-Latham Middle School
Randy Brooks, Editor. WL Haiku Workshop Anthology © 1998 Brooks Books
This is a collection of haiku by sixth graders who participated in a Poet in the Schools Workshop entitled, "Contemporary American and Japanese Haiku: Reading and Writing Haiku" Warrensburg-Latham Middle School, 6th grade English classes, (Warrensburg, IL) November 17, 19, and 24, 1998.
The primary purpose of this workshop was to introduce students to a visual thinking approach to writing, based on images and associations from their own memories. from the foreword by Randy Brooks
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