Dermot O’Brien invites the reader into a world of beauty through the delicate medium of haiku. A humble form of poetry, haiku, although short in length, are sublime in content. For a poetic form that is so often exclusively associated with Japan, Dermot O’Brien guides the reader effortlessly to a more familiar territory, Ireland.
In place of cherry blossoms, cranes and Kyoto, we are delighted by furze, cormorants and a swan above the Slaney. Haiku are an expression of nature and life in the purest possible form, and this collection is Dermot O’Brien attempt to say, in simple language, what it is like to be alive in this world and its promise of the next.