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Jeff Streeby’s WILE: Sketches from Nature
“Over the years I have read and published countless haiku, a substantial number of haibun, and Wile: Sketches from Nature stands out as a powerful body of work. The reader will dip into this collection time and again, only to unearth something new, to take a fresh view of the biosphere—its challenges and intricacies. Worth visiting and revisiting.”
On the surface, the chapbook deals intimately and exclusively with the North American outdoor life. It enchants you with precise descriptions of the marshes and the reeds, with intimate insights into the nature of the coyotes and the raccoons, but to me Wile has opened a far deeper portal –comprehension of human nature itself.
Like his prose, many of the author’s haiku also capture the wonder of the natural world. They range from the musical (using assonance, consonance, and internal rhyme) . . .
The willow killer
bargello of yellow leaves
decks the Pere Marquette
. . . to the strongly sensory . . .
Sweetgrass, juniper, sage and pine, black cottonwood—
spring’s fragrant resins
. . . . to the outright magical:
between one breath and the next
a buck in the clearing
Time spent with this intriguing collection of haibun is like a visit with a fascinating, somewhat world-weary uncle who has lived close to the land he loves and is as contemplative as he is knowledgeable.
Belle Reve Literary Journal published “Laud” (September 2016).
cattails published a version of “Auction” (April 2017).
concis published “Castor Mound” as part of the “Summer Season” issue (2016).
Contemporary Haibun Online published “Float” and “Working the Door” in Volume 12, #3 (October 2016); “Watering Hole” in Volume 13, #1 (April 2017).
DMQ Review published “Airport” (Fall 2016). Gambling the Aisle published “Dog Proof” (December 2017).
Haibun Today published “Conibear” and a version of “Truck Stop” in Volume 10 #2 (June, 2016); a version of “Step-down” in Volume 11, #1 (March 2017).
Haiku Presence published a version of “Landscape with Clouds” in Issue #55 (2016).
KYSO Flash published “Colophon” and “Fritz” in Issue #6 (2016).
Modern Haiku published a version of “Near Walkerville” in Volume 47.3 (Summer 2016).
The Virginia Normal published “Snare Pen” and a version of “May” in Issue 3 (Spring 2017).
Whiskey Island published “Flat Set” and “Blind Set” in Issue Sixty-Eight (Summer 2016).