The Ladies Book of Haiku
This is, as it suggests, a book of Haiku poetry but on an unusual subject – housework, its delights and annoyances.
The poetry follows the usual outline of Haiku, a format that encourages refined use of language and imagery. In a style that is intensely sensual, I describe daily chores, with some slightly unexpected responses. The poetry is highlighted by delightful colour and line drawings by John Helle-Neilsen, an Auckland artist.
Auckland composer, William Green, has set some of the verses to music in “the Ladies’ Home Haiku Song Cycle” – a truly quirky but lyrical setting which was much enjoyed at a lunchtime concert at the Nelson Centre for Musical Arts in June 2021. Recording will take place in the New Year, Covid permitting.
Haiku written by Elizabeth MacNaughtan Williams. Illustrations by John Helle-Nielsen
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