New Books from Natal * Light Press

haiku wine

New Zealand haijin, Ernest J Berry, and American-Serb haijin, an'ya, combine to bring us this delightful collection of haiku.

Each book is hand-stitched using natural sinew, with over 130 pages of combined exceptional haiku by Ernest and an'ya, limited first editions (numbered), plus distinctive haiga by Ernest. The foreword is written by Debra Woolard Bender, editor-in-chief of the World Haiku Review Magazine.

from the Forward: "With the increasing pace of World haiku, there are a few haijin who shine, going from strength to strength, lighting the way with poetry of continued excellence. And who wudda thunk it -- but what a great idea: two of them -- ernesto and an'ya together -- a natural --perfecto! _haiku wine_ is more than a sparkling collection of their haiku: it is a synchrony of paired movements unique to each partner. Each poem complements or contrasts with the other of the pair, often taking surprising twists and turns. Readers will waltz, twirl, glide and spin with the poets through kaleidoscopic patterns of imagery, a magically weaving word-dance of emotional poignancy and sensual delight ... a celebration of being (and fair dinkum, too). Haiku poems are so brief that this book (mindfully published in large print) can be easily consumed one by one. But I recommend for full effect, that readers take two at a time, slowly savoring with a clear glass of contemplation." ... D. W. Bender

one of the comments from the back book cover: "haiku wine is a wonderful collaboration between Ernest Berry and an'ya, two highly respected poets in the haiku world. At their table they serve us, the reader, a very strong and even selection of haiku, senryu, and haiga. Their work encompasses many aspects of life and they often take the reader to some places where other poets have not. At times, one finds oneself in a deep meditation; at other times, giggling. What a table to sit at, especially when the wine comes! I highly recommend this book". --- Stanford M. Forrester, President of the Haiku Society of America

a quote from its publishers: "haiku wine" was a pleasure to be involved with from the very onset, and the fact it is in 'bold print' and thereby targeted for senior citizens, is a real tribute to those it honours. The content of this book transcends time and place, and is sure to carry its readers from the rugged beauty of New Zealand, to the USA's wild west, then back again. It is quite apparent that each and every haiku was handpicked to perfectly (though subtly) compliment its counterpart. This book successfully masters a fine balance between the two writers whose haiku beautifully grace its pages" . . . the natal light * press

sample haiku by Ernestsample haiku by an'ya
nibbling on a leaf
a yellow caterpillar
letting in the sun

sultry night
a jay in the bird-bath
empties the moon

silent rain
i stop to listen
to the lake

night fishing
in the pleiades

removing her face
after a long day's work
avon lady

mountain air
the caterpillar reaches
twigs end

no moon
illuminating the bay

mountain slate
the colour of the sound
spring rain makes

in a private pond
white lilies

lean year
the income tax man
stays for pot roast

haiku for a moonless night: Volume I

This book is also hand-stitched using natural sinew, limited first editions (numbered), and autographed by the author. Over 130 pages of an'ya's haiku and numerous haiga by haijin/artist Kuniharu Shimizu. Foreword written by editor and haijin Zoran Doderovic.

from the foreword: " It is rare to find a poet in the world who has gained in a short amount of time, such great success, with so numerous awards and recognitions. Coming to the very top of the haiku world, an'ya's outstanding talent, plus her hard work brings me to the idea that haiku came into contact with an'ya as a destiny. At the beginning of the third millennium, when so many haijin are emerging, an'ya's book is a true signpost" . . . Zoran Doderovic

from the back book cover: "an'ya" is the 'Christina Rossetti' of contemporary haiku -- her work consistently reflects a similar artistic pihilosophy, passion, energy, and joyful image-making." -- Michael McClintock

from the publishers: "About the book 'moonless night' . . . contained within this publication, is a collection of plain and simple nature moments, yet each one seems to be presented so uniquely that suddenly one even comes to know intimately this woman's friends and loved ones. Working on an'ya's book, we felt (as we're sure its readers will also feel), like that curious child discovering some secret passageway in a private library, who dares to tiptoe down the corridor of this author's old-soul step by step . . . haiku by haiku" --- the natal light * press

sample haiku by an'ya

night of stars
all along the precipice
goat bells ring

june breeze
a hole in the cloud
mends itself

after its first flight
the young gerfalcon's talons
tighter on my glove

a sudden vastness
between stars

snow on jonquils
today my life too
seems indecisive

soft breeze
a bee's stinger lifts
in the air

both these books

'haiku wine'
'moonless night'

will be available June, 2003

but we invite you to place your orders (in advance); however, and before you do . . . please consider a (2 for one) special price:

If you would like to purchase these two books together the cost is $ 19.95 + $ $3.50 shipping/handling charges if mailed within the United States;

When purchased separately, each book is $ 12.95 + $ 3.00 shipping/handling charges if mailed within the United States

(international orders welcome, though postage costs will vary)
(books will be numbered according to ordering sequence)
Should you like to purchase these fine haiku books, please make your check (in the amount according to the prices listed above) payable to:

the natal * light press

and mail it anytime to:

the natal * light press
P.O. Box 1178
Prineville, Oregon
USA 97760

thank you for your support; if you have any questions, the online contact is: anya@empnet.com