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Review of breaking my journey by Cynthia Rowe (Australia)
With alternately one or two haiku per page, interspersed with the occasional black and white sketch of One Tree to refer to the cover art, this is an impressive book. The poet’s gentle wisdom and acute eye for detail trigger a variety of emotions and responses. Gregory Piko’s poems are deftly crafted and make for a powerful body of work.
I had pleasure in reviewing, and can highly recommend, breaking my journey.
Modern Haiku reviews breaking my journey (USA)
Established in 1969, Modern Haiku is one of the world’s longest running, most well regarded, English-language haiku journals. Reviewer, Michele Root-Bernstein, had this to say about breaking my journey in Volume 52.2 (Summer 2021) of Modern Haiku:
Gregory Piko presents some one hundred haiku that radiate with sensual appreciation for the prime of life. There are joys here, as well as shadows, and still so much remains to be fully lived. With Piko as our guide we feel again how imperative it is to “learn again to be a child”, “warm to a stranger”, “straighten the Southern Cross”, make love, make poems, dwell.
Each finely observed moment has us remembering our own “butterfly, still safe / under his steel pin”.