Parade of Life: Poems Inspired by Japanese Prints
This book came out of my haiku poet in residence stint at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery back in 2001.
Working with school children, adults with special needs, and the general public using haiku to look and look again into the fine collection of Ukiyo-e – Japanese woodblock prints – that were on exhibit. The children in particular had no problem being back in ‘old Japan’ and here in 21st Century UK all at the same time:
Three Girls In The Rain – Kuniyoshi (1798 – 1861)
having fun in the disco
on the Isle of Wight
School Girl (12) – Bristol UK
It was during this time that I first met my good friend and haiku poet Alan Summers and together we selected the final poems for inclusion in the book.
A very happy time.