Oil Slick Sun
125 x 180 mm, 60pp, colour cover, paperback, perfect bound
Price $AU 18.50
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Cover image by Tony Smibert.
About the book
'In this first collection from Peter Macrow we experience the world through sensitive eyes. No word is superfluous. Each poem continues to resonate long after the first reading. Like the title, these haiku aptly capture the beauty in the everyday. This fine collection will stay a favourite for a long time to come.' - Ron Moss - Secretary, HaikuOz
'Peter's poems have a soft resonance of resignation, a quiet recognition of the beauty of things past, and pointing to the aesthetics of death in a secularly spiritual way, which perhaps the ancient masters could only do through a Buddhist veil.' - Maria Flutsch , University of Tasmania
- from a review by Patricia Prime, Stylus
The quality of the landscape infuses Macrow's haiku as he draws his imagery from the wind, grass, clouds, dandelions, dunes, water, the shapes and shadows of land formations, and much more. Yet this is also more than local flavour: the mind's processes are often linked to these natural phenomena. The abstract or philosophical is also given an airing - but with a delicious lightness of touch.
Oil slick sun is a fascinating text, not afraid of "difficulty" but not seeming to indulge in it for its own sake. A fluid sense of time, place, individual and family generates complexes of meaning and feeling with which most readers will be able to empathise. Macrow's use of a briefer line in his haiku than the traditional 5/7/5 syllable form, his ability to use the structure in a very accomplished and thorough way and to challenge and subvert orthodox beliefs about the process and purpose of haiku, makes for thought-provoking reading.