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Poetry Haiku

Enlightened by Defilement

by (author) Vera Constantineau

Latitude 46 Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Haiku, Women Authors
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
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A reflective expression of a life pursuing enlightenment. A collection of haibun and their haiku poems that take a glimpse into topics such as teenage awakening and long standing grief; all with a deflecting wittiness and space for reflection.

Inspired by the 108 Buddhist defilements, each piece represents a lesson learned, some based on personal recollections and experiences; others are gathered bits and pieces of confidences or snippets overheard while shamelessly eavesdropping.

As soon as you read the first haibun, with its clear prose followed by the haiku: grade three/ creating a family/ tree tangled roots, you will be hooked. Vera Constantineau uses her talent with haibun and haiku to capture emotions in moments that might otherwise appear everyday. She shares her own emotional growth that has pushed her along towards enlightenment.

About the author

Vera Constantineau's poetic focus is in Japanese forms, haibun, haiku, senryu and tanka. In addition to poetry, her non-fiction essay, Options, is included in Against Death--35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press, 2021). In 2021 her haiku placed third in the Martin Lucas Haiku Award "Presence Haiku Journal" in Britain, her essay He and I placed third in the 2021 Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop Creative Non-fiction prize and in 2014, she was awarded first place in the Bangor Maine Haiku Society annual prize. Her short fiction and haiku have appeared in journals around the world including; Canada, Japan, USA, UK, India and Europe. She is a member of the Sudbury Writers Guild, Haiku Canada, Haiku Society of America, and Tanka Canada. She served as the sixth poet laureate for the City of Greater Sudbury (2020-2022). She lives in Sudbury with her husband..

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Editorial Reviews

From the joys and terrors of small-town life to the dangers of 'Craving Silence', her poems examine the delight of discovery, the fullness of joy, the heaviness of grief, and offer some good plain fun. Here are endless moments for pause, awe, and reflection from a poet's rich interior life. You'll be glad you followed Vera and her sister listening " DJ Bobby O on Z103.3--the volume turned low...the night air sizzles...". the precision of her memory of Bobby's voice, growling: "Don't touch...don't touch that dial."


Claudia Coutu Radmore, author of fish spine picked clean and the business of isness.