When Anna Yin was a child, she was intrigued by fireflies. Haiku are like these nightlights. In this troublesome world, they guide us on our journey unknown. Nightlights is a collection in six sections that illustrate the journey that is life. In the beginning one can find romance and mystery, then the haiku move to friends and family events, homesickness, daily meditation, and life's struggles. Next the journey shifts, speaking both of a season and a mood where one ponders natural disasters and human tragedies. Finally "Reflections" bring back thoughts, doubts and awakenings along the journey and finish with a haiku:
under dim stars
the road not taken
Each haiku brings to the reader a moment of wonder, beauty and magic. Every haiku will help you find a thread to the quietness of Nature and the depths of your own experience…Take your time, slow down, you will find nightlights glowing too.
Anna Yin is the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Mississauga (2015—2017) and Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets. A finalist for Canada's Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award in 2011 and in 2012, Anna has authored five poetry books, including Wings Toward Sunlight (2011) and Inhaling the Silence (2013). Her poems and translations have appeared in the New York Times and CBC Radio. She was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1999, and she now lives and works in Mississauga, Ontario. Her "Poetry Alive" programs are welcomed at schools, colleges and libraries, especially for the Poets in Schools Program.