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One Window's Light: A Collection of Haiku edited with an introduction by Lenard D. Moore

Unicorn Press
$18.00, paperback / $25.00, hardcover / $35.00, special edition
ISBN: 978-0-87775-006-2
November, 2017
Poetry: Haiku
Available from the publisher

"A literal and metaphorical groundbreaker, this unique and indispensable collection contains a brilliant array of haiku by five members of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective, including founder and guiding spirit Lenard D. Moore, who serves as its editor. In the deft hands of Gideon Young, Sheila Smith McKoy, Crystal Simone Smith, and L. Teresa Church, we find strands of lyrical precision intertwined with earthy and treasured mundanities against a backdrop of emotionally transporting moments. Long before ecocriticism and ecopoetics entered their current vogue state, Moore shattered preconceptions by exploring the connections between Japanese and African American aesthetics. In this volume, we see his extraordinary skill as a revelatory poet in dialogue with four gifted writers who have been nurtured by his example and become literary leaders in their own right."
—Lauri Ramey, co-editor of Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures

"This collection is a lighted window into lives of African American haiku poets with powerful connections to earth and family. The poems resonate with past and present horrors and with hope for the future."
—Ruth M. Yarrow, author of Lit from Within

"This collection is like a window that presents the light of insights into African American history and culture and offers fresh haiku for the reader to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste for a growth of sensibility, a moment of enlightenment, a rhythm of creative thinking, and an appreciation of African American heritage. The most impressive part of this collection is its focus on environment and current events, offering a clear point of view that haiku is not just about nature; it is also about human nature and society. Such an important haiku collection in American haiku history, One Window’s Light, as Moore states in his introduction, ‘extends the tradition’ of African American haiku already enriched by Lewis Alexander, Richard Wright, Etheridge Knight, James Emanuel, Sonia Sanchez, Kalamu ya Salaam, and many other younger black poets."
—John Zheng, editor of African American Haiku: Cultural Visions

Lenard D. Moore, a native of North Carolina and U.S. Army Veteran, is the founder and Executive Director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective. Moore’s work has appeared in over 400 publications, such as Callaloo, African American Review, Obsidian, Prairie Schooner, North Carolina Literary Review, and North American Review. His work also has appeared in over 100 anthologies, including The Haiku Anthology (Norton, 1999). His poetry has been translated into several languages. His books include The Open Eye (NC Haiku Society Press, 1985) andThe Open Eye, Limited 30th Anniversary Edition (Mountains & Rivers Press, 2015), among others. Another collection, The Geography of Jazz, is forthcoming. He is recipient of the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award (1983, 1994, and 2003); 1992 First Prize Winner in Traditional Style Haiku sponsored by Mainichi Daily News (Tokyo, Japan); Sam Ragan Award in the Fine Arts (2006); Raleigh Medal of Arts for Lifetime Achievement (2008); and North Carolina Award for Literature (2014). He is a Cave Canem Fellow (1998-2000). He is former President of the Haiku Society of America and the longtime Executive Chairman of the NC Haiku Society. Mr. Moore, Associate Professor of English, teaches Creative Writing and African American Literature at the University of Mount Olive.

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