Poetry. East Asia Studies. In the seventh volume of the Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series, James Fowler explores nature and war in Japanese poetic forms.
Jim Fowler's fine collection of haiku, haibun and a few poems is dominated by a stark sense engendered by experience in war, work abroad, his wife, and nature. One cannot but be moved by his evocation of war and love and the rest.--Bruce Ross
A sculptor lives with a piece of wood and studies its color, imperfections and grain in order to bring forth the beauty of its final form. Fowler's haiku and haibun remind one of tiny pieces of modern sculpture devoid of everything except what is necessary to reveal both life's imperfections and grain. This he does with skill and artistry. A book you will want to read and reread.--Wanda D. Cook.