by Donna Bauerly (USA)
Charlotte Digregorio reviewed this book authored by Poet Donna Bauerly on Goodreads– a must-read for haikuists!
Donna Bauerly is the author of Raymond Roseliep: Man of Art Who Loves the Rose. It is one of the most thoroughly-researched author biographies I have ever read. The book contains such a wide sampling of comments from Poet Raymond Roseliep’s colleagues, students, friends, poets, and literary critics. It’s a must-read book for anyone who is interested in the history of haiku in the U.S., its luminaries, and how Roseliep influenced the form. Until I read this book, I knew very little about Roseliep and his haiku accomplishments and writing of longer poems. He wrote in an era when the American public had heard little about the haiku form.
Bauerly, a retired professor and poet, gives us an inside and intimate look at the complexity of Roseliep’s life from childhood through adulthood as a priest and professor/author/poet colleague of hers. It’s fascinating to read of the connections Roseliep made in the general poetry world with “Big-Name” poets of other forms, thereby allowing haiku to be recognized and appreciated by them. Roseliep’s poetry that Bauerly includes are beautiful examples of his imagery, sensitivity, and love for haiku.
from its song
by Raymond Roseliep
Bauerly even writes of Roseliep’s erotic haiku, which certainly comes as a surprise, given he was a priest. Roseliep’s awards and publishing history are also meticulously-researched, and the Appendices are exhaustive. Haiku enthusiasts and poets of other forms will surely be inspired to write haiku after reading this sensitive and honest portrayal of Roseliep and his art by an author who knew him well.
For more information about Bauerly’s book, contact The Haiku Foundation: www.thehaikufoundation.org
Donna Bauerly’s bio:
Born in 1934, Donna Bauerly lived for a short time in Potosi, Wisconsin, then moved with her recently widowed mother and two siblings to live in Dubuque, Iowa (hotbed of haiku), for most of her life. She taught for 66 years in a wide variety of school assignments, the last 36 of them as a professor of literature and writing at Loras College in Dubuque. She retired (sort of) in 2007, serving her last two years in a 13-year tenure as a member of the public school board, and finally as a volunteer teacher of Newbery Award-winning novels to 5th grade students in a nearby elementary school from 2016 to 2019. She completed her 13-year journey of researching and writing the biography, Raymond Roseliep. Man of Art Who Loves the Rose, published in 2015 by The Haiku Foundation.