Tissue Promises: 151 Haiku

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This volume collects over 150 haiku, roughly arranged by seasons and degrees to which they represent traditional forms. It does not restrict itself to the conventional 5-7-5 syllabic form (although many do follow that guideline) but instead concentrates on communicating image, emotion, and imagination. It is intended as both a sampling and an impetus for readers to try out their own poetic skills.

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About Michael R. Collings

I am a professor emeritus of English at Pepperdine University in Malibu CA (although my retirement home is in southwestern Idaho). During my twenty-seven years at Pepperdine I taught everything from Freshman Composition to Advanced Grammar to Business Writing; from Survey of English Literature to Milton and the Epic; from Introduction to Creative Writing to Senior Seminars in Writing.

Along the way, I discovered the joys of writing, not just to meet requirements for graduate degrees or to insure tenure, but for myself--saying things in a way that might make my thoughts more interesting for readers and thereby invite them back into the books I talked about. Most of my academic writing relates to authors I love: John Milton, the great 17th-century English poet, on the one hand; Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Piers Anthony, and additional science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers on the other.

But my real love now is creative writing: novels, short stories, and most especially poetry. My offerings range from the three-line haiku found in Tissue Promises to a 6,500-line epic, The Nephiad. And everything in between.

Please let me know what you think at my website: http://www.starshineandshadows.com/

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Review by: Laura B on Sep. 21, 2010 :
This is a wonderful book of poetry. From the light and witty to the more deep and thought-provoking, Collings' poetry weaves word-tapestries out of seemingly disparate threads. And unlike many other "poets," who seem to think their job is to create something either nasty or incomprehensible, Collings seems to view it as his job to add something understandable AND beautiful to the world. With this book of poems, he largely succeeds. A wonderful book for anyone who loves poetry - or who wants to start.
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Review by: Judi R on Sep. 20, 2010 :
I enjoy Haiku for many reasons but the best is what image a good haiku evokes in my mind. This book has wonderful images and is great because of the different, sometimes offbeat, themes in the poems themselves. I recommend this one highly!
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Review by: Theric Jepson on Sep. 18, 2010 : (no rating)

Collings has a manner of stringing haiku together that builds simple beauties into complex experiences.
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