Read This New Poetry Collection

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A new collection, arrhythmia: haiku by Bruce H. Feingold takes us on the adventure of the poet’s life and renews our spirit with acceptance, gratitude, and wonder for our own journeys. Feingold, a psychologist, and award-winning haikuist of three other collections, has created an artful volume that includes his photography of Diocletian’s Palace in Croatia on the cover.

 

The poet begins his volume with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that prepares us for his adventure: Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

 

His haiku/senryu collection is not only about his illness, fear, sadness, grief, and recovery, but it’s the sum of his life. It includes joyful moments with family, and memories of stunning travel experiences, such as to Mount Everest and to the Sun Gate of South America. His poetry is also about the wonders of daily life that we find in nature. Haiku allows us to crystallize our moments, as Feingold’s writing bountifully does, with its succinct, simple language, and elegant musings.

 

This volume, divided into sections, features very skillful wordplay in one-word poems, one and three-line haiku, and intriguing layout of other poems.

 

For example, in the senryu below, Feingold’s political beliefs are juxtaposed with the experience of his illness and with nature’s imagery:

 

arrhythmia the unraveling of the republic

 

and

 

trump neighbor

we discuss the migration

of sparrows

 

This simple image below jars us:

 

rampike–

medicine restarts

my heart

 

Who among us has not felt the often cold and daunting experience of receiving healthcare?

 

white board

the doctor’s quick sketch

of an aorta

 

There is nature’s symbolism in Feingold’s haiku. Below, the yellow chrysanthemum symbolizes sorrow. Waking in a hospital room, he experiences:

 

 

dawn’s first light

yellow chrysanthemum

in a vase

 

Feingold’s sadness and grief is palpable in the haiku below. (A redwood tree symbolizes vitality and longevity):

 

fallen redwoods

the solitary walks

after illness

 

 

The poet reveals his whimsy in his one-word poems with a nod to Freud: sexcessful and egostestical. Further, f(ailing)s can speak to us on more than one level, in thinking about our own lives, in a psychological sense.

 

 

My favorite section in the book is “open sky,” the last one. It features poems of happiness, such as the ones about his son’s wedding. There is also the poet’s solace in knowing that a part of him will remain on earth when he eventually reaches his life’s end:

 

my son mans

the barbecue grill

Labor Day

 

His simple word choice in nouns and verbs is consummate throughout his poetry. He speaks of the healing heart, both literally and figuratively, of hope, and of aging with clarity and openness. While it is unsettling to have a device placed in your body, such as a defibrillator, he nonetheless comes to terms with it:

 

lake breeze

the quietude of

a defibrillator

 

After reading this book, we come away with a feeling of gratitude for the gift of life, a renewed sense of the need to live in the moment, and oneness with nature. We are mindful of the healing nature of haiku, and that as we age, we achieve heartfelt wisdom, philosophers in own right.

 

emerald hills

how little rain it takes

for hope to grow

 

Feingold’s attractive collection of carefully-crafted poetic treasures is highly recommended for beginning and experienced poets alike. I will read it again and again.

 

To order a signed copy of arrhythmia, (copyright 2020), you may contact the author at bhfein@aol.com.

 

Copyright 2020 by Charlotte Digregorio.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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2 Responses to Read This New Poetry Collection

  1. MaryJo says:

    Bruce’s book is beautifully done, a collection I hold in high esteem.

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