These engaging and accessible haiku are in turns romantic, funny, erotic and playful. A woman asks her new lover:Why don't you write about me?legs parted wry smile betweendark curls maybe I will.What follows is a powerful, explicit and vivid collection that follows the peaks and troughs of one man's relationships. To be read alone or shared with the one you love, this is aThese engaging and accessible haiku are in turns romantic, funny, erotic and playful. A woman asks her new lover:Why don't you write about me?legs parted wry smile betweendark curls maybe I will.What follows is a powerful, explicit and vivid collection that follows the peaks and troughs of one man's relationships. To be read alone or shared with the one you love, this is a collection wrought with sexual tension....
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Sexy Haiku Reviews
I requested this book for review from the publisher Freight Books. Many thanks for sending it my way!This was a fun collection. I'm a fan of haiku as a poetry form, as I find them very easy to digest and zip through in no time at all. This collection is certainly not for anyone younger than 16, as it obviously takes a lot of adult themes. The collection follows the narrator through his various sexual experiences throughout life, and although the sex poems became a tad repetitive at times, there were enough glimpses of the emotion behind some of the couplings, particularly in the latter part of the collection, to keep me interested. This collection is definitely one I'll return to at some point in time, preferably when I can read it in one sitting as opposed to two or three.
It is always interesting to me to read a male perspective on relationships, and Nick Brooks certainly gives us an intimate and explicit view. I enjoyed reading some of them, but sadly felt indifferent to others. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading them overall. Those who are easily offended by material of a sexually explicit nature would do well to avoid this collection. Thanks to Freight Books for an ARC.
Those expecting strict 5-7-5 throughout, season words etc probably shouldn't buy this - or rather, they should buy it, just to see how powerful and charged contemporary haiku can be. I can't share much of the best work in this collection, as many of the haiku contain Naughty Words, that review sites don't allow. But this does push the boundaries of sexual poetry, much as the Mersey Poets did in the late '60s. I'm pretty sure that McGough, Henri etc were influences on this poet.It's all from the male point of view, but that itself is interesting, especially as the work is so honest. There is a great celebration of female sexuality here as well as male, but the narrator is an older man, and has the values of his generation: he uses un-PC terms such as 'trannies', and his view of women and their motives can be suspect, but frankly, it's worth getting past this just to feel the glory of such a powerful sexuality.It would be nice to have had a bit more love in there. There are glimpses of it, and of the pain that it occasions to the poet. On several occasions I wanted him to power through that pain and say, look, communicate with that person, work through this and you'll have the best sex of your life. That frustration shows how much I engaged with the work! Many collections of sex-themed poems fail to, er, perform. They are flashes of passion but are often rather unsatisfying. This delivers - hard, fast, slow, exciting, edgy, and gives insight into a particular type of lover. I hope that it wins awards, is widely reviewed - whether positively or with reservations - and is talked about. this is new stuff that drives poetry forward, and I only hope that the poetry community and media are up to speed. Perhaps it could be nominated for next year's Saboteur Award?I received the copy free from a Goodreads giveaway, but as you know if you've read any of my other reviews, that does not prevent me from being scathing if I feel that it is appropriate.
‘Sexy Haiku’ is novelist Nick Brooks’ first work of poems, published by the lovely Freight Books. The many haikus follow one man’s experiences of love, sex, and romance throughout his life.Firstly, I must mention – I love the idea of using haikus as erotic poetry. While some might not like the fact that Brooks has not followed the strict syllabic rules of traditional haikus, I personally don’t look for that sort of thing in poetry. I found that the pared-down form worked rather wonderfully. There’s a fine line in erotic writing – too much detail, and you might border on purple prose, too little, you might turn a bit boring and clinical. This form forced Brooks to create shockingly intimate (and sexy) scenarios out of a mere three lines, which I thought was astounding.It also worked particularly well because a number of the poems talk about long-distance relationships, and the role of text-messaging and Skyping. One of my favourite poems is just a text message, but its rhythm works so well in the haiku form. I hope that Brooks will continue to explore this particular idea. The many references to technology also help solidify this as a very modern erotica. Pop-ups about ‘those in your area’ are turned into poems, and are placed side-by-side with far more traditional poems about the beauty of his lovers.This will sound like a stupid thing to say, I imagine, but…it was just a little bit crude for my liking. This is not the style that I normally prefer, and I’ll be honest, it was mainly the form that kept me interested. However, I enjoyed piecing together the various relationships and trying to understand his various emotions about his lovers. Because there isn’t a clear narrative, this allows the sex to speak for entire relationships, thereby creating a very complex book of poetry indeed.In my mind, ‘Sexy Haiku’ is a wonderful book of poems, which just also happen to be erotic. I would absolutely love to see more poetry from Nick Brooks, as he is clearly a master of simultaneously saying little, and yet saying everything.