This collection of 101 haiku and senryu follows Nigel Jenkins’s highly successful haiku publication Blue, published by Planet in 2002. Jenkins’s poems are linked by an affectionate sense of place and community and resonate in a way that makes one want to visit them again and again. The subtlety and lightness of Nigel Jenkins’s haiku is punctuated by the wry humour of the senryu. He has a talent for finding two memorable images that together create a third; encouraging the imagination to explore this space, and thus opens up a dialogue between poet and reader. Illustrated by David Pearl, O for a Gun includes an illuminating afterword that explores parallels between Welsh and Japanese poetic forms.
Blue has now sold out due to high demand and its launch at the Dylan Thomas Centre was a massive success. Nigel Jenkins is a highly accomplished poet, and his travel book Gwalia in Khasia (1995) won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award for 1996. David Pearl is an internationally renowned stained glass artist whose collaborations with Nigel Jenkins include publications and glass artworks.
Reviews of Blue:
“Nigel Jenkins has set himself free from the narrow dictates of the haiku establishment and has created poetry that is succinct, expansive, and in the true spirit of the haiku masters.” The Haiku Quarterly
“Poems of arresting beauty and precision.” PN Review