In the Garden of Absence

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Stella Pierides' collection of poetry/haiku "In the Garden of Absence" takes you on a journey echoing the author's childhood. Yet it does so in the context of adult concerns, uncertainties, and anxieties—as well as pleasures. This book explores the existential fear of loneliness, the many facets of absence, and glimpses a path towards bearing absence and being creatively alone. More

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About Stella Pierides

Stella Pierides grew up in Athens, Greece. She now divides her time between London, UK and Neusaess, DE. She is married and has two adult daughters. She project manages the Per Diem feature for The Haiku Foundation and serves on its board of directors.

Stella Pierides is the author of Of This World (48 haibun; Red Moon Press, 2017); In the Garden of Absence (haiku and micropoetry; Fruit Dove Press, 2012) for which she received a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award; Feeding the Doves (short stories / haibun; Fruit Dove Press, 2013), among others. Her work has been included in A New Resonance 10: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2017) and in the Red Moon Anthology Dust Devils (2017); her haiku “refugee child” received first prize in the 2017 Romanian contest Sharpening the Green Pencil; work included in Haiku 2014 (Modern Haiku Press); made the European Top 100 most creative haiku authors for six consecutive years (2011-2016); honourable mention, Haiku Invitational, International Sakura Awards 2015; third Prize in the 19th International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, 2014; included in With Cherries on Top: 31 Flavors of NaHaiWriMo, 2012; runner-up The Haiku Calendar competition 2012 (Snapshot Press); included in the Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Vol. 4; work selected for the Capoliveri Anthology (2011); honorable mention, 15th Mainichi Contest (2011).

Stella's work has been published in numerous print and online journals and anthologies. She has coedited and contributed to Even Paranoids Have Enemies (Routledge, 1998) and Beyond Madness (under Stella Pierides-Muller, JKP, 2002).

Recent book: Of This World (Red Moon Press, 2017)

From the back cover:
“This is how it's done! Stella Pierides — in a hushed voice — takes me through what it is to be human — and part of the human history from the roots of Western culture in Diogenes' tub to the ‘modern’ human — with all the questions and doubts, the uncertainties that come from that.”

— Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Writer

“Of This World’s marvelous, emotionally resonant haibun are steeped in the grace of the garden, rooted in a physical reality so sensuous that you can smell the fragrance of baking bread, of olives and garlic, of lemon and magnolia blossoms — and yet they also spiral on the updraft of metaphor as poet Stella Pierides ‘put[s] our hearts in the shoes of the hummingbird.’”

— Clare MacQueen, Editor-in-Chief, KYSO Flash

“A treasure trove of language and image. Pierides walks through dark streets of history, through alleyways of memory - emerging in shiny, unexpected places. Compact, urgent and closely observant, these minute offerings will captivate readers of both poetry and short fiction. An enormously engaging collection.”

— Michelle Elvy, Writer and Editor
From the publisher:

“Stella Pierides has cultivated a terse, idiosyncratic style in her haibun that is instantly recognizable, and as a consequence is one of the shining lights of this burgeoning genre. Of This World certainly is, but it also takes us out of the world at large and into private spaces we feel privileged to witness. A unique and satisfying read.“

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“Feeding the Doves” (Fruit Dove Press, 2013 – short stories;

Stella is a member of English PEN, the Haiku Society of America, and the British Haiku Society. She is also listed in the The Haiku Foundation‘s Haiku Registry.

Places to find Stella's work:

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In the Garden of Absence:

“In Pierides’s meditations, imagination takes center stage, as do imaginary gardens, real toads, and their negative space… The result is a welcome debut in which the reader will find much to admire.”
“Briefly Reviewed,” Frogpond, 36-1, Spring 2013 "

“This is an engaging collection…”
"Briefly Noted," Modern Haiku (44:2, summer 2013):

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hermann mueller reviewed on Dec. 22, 2012

An excellent, sensitively conceived collection.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

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