A FIVE-BALLOON MORNING by Charles Trumbull
ISBN 978-0-9855031-3-0 70pp June 2013 $16.95
Winner of the 2013 Touchstone Book Award
New Mexico haiku? The Southwest and a 300-year-old Japanese poetic genre might seem to be an awkward pairing. Yet haiku, these brief nature poems, are the perfect medium to describe the physical and emotional beauties of New Mexico. The spareness of haiku echoes the vast spaces of, say, the Llano Estacado or the winter sky over Taos. A haiku collection is a kaleidoscope of discrete bits and pieces — dewdrops, sparks, river stones, aspen leaves, fireflies, glass splinters, potsherds.… A Five-Balloon Morning lovingly gathers these fragments together.