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Monday, October 21, 2013

Tournesol Books Announces Publication of Another Garden by Jeffrey Woodward

Tournesol Books
proudly announces the publication of
Another Garden by Jeffrey Woodward
 
 
Trade paperback
180 pages, 60# cream interior paper
Full-color laminated cover
6” x 9” trim size
ISBN-13: 978-0615892511
ISBN-10: 0615892515 
 
$12.95 US / £8.50 UK / €10.00
Available through Amazon, AmazonEurope and Create Space.

About the Book
 
Readers of Another Garden will enjoy its generous yet compact presentation of modern tanka in all of that genre’s rich variety. Jeffrey Woodward, innovative poet, editor and critic, has assembled a selection of his best individual tanka, tanka sequences and tanka with prose. The book is rounded-off by the inclusion of two influential essays, “The Road Ahead for Tanka in English” and “The Elements of Tanka Prose,” and of an in-depth interview with the author, “Tanka Prose, Tanka Tradition.”

“Behind the lines of Jeffrey Woodward’s tanka prose, in pieces like ‘The Silence That Inhabits Houses,’ with its meditation on a painting by Matisse, or ‘The Trial of Dorothy Talbye, 1638,’ and its description of the ‘wild and unexplored interior’ of Salem, is a canny, exultant understanding and possession of the mind and heart that is rare in prose and prized in poetry. Woodward’s voice tills his subject matter with thought, imagery and language that mark the mastery of his craft and the authority of his vision. His contributions to tanka and tanka prose literature are foundational, a glory to read and savor. Here is rich ground with roots in it.”
 
—Michael McClintock
President, Tanka Society of America (2004-2010) 

About the Author 
 
Jeffrey Woodward, with the exception of abbreviated stints in West Virginia, New Mexico and California, has worked and lived in the Great Lakes Region for much of his life. He graduated with honors from Eastern Michigan University with majors in language arts (linguistics) and political science.  His poems and articles appear frequently in periodicals and anthologies throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
 
Woodward currently acts as general editor of Haibun Today, a journal that he founded in 2007. He formerly edited Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose and served, in 2010 and again in 2011, as adjudicator for the British Haiku Society’s Haiku Awards.  His selected poems, under the title In Passing, were published in 2007 and he edited The Tanka Prose Anthology in 2008.




Tournesol Books
P.O. Box 441152 • Detroit, Michigan 48244-1152


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tournesol Announces Publication of Evening in the Plaza by Jeffrey Woodward

Tournesol Books
proudly announces the publication of
Evening in the Plaza by Jeffrey Woodward
 
 
 
Trade paperback
94 pages, 60# cream interior
Full-color laminated cover
5.5" x 8.5" trim size
ISBN-13: 978-0615834757
ISBN-10: 0615834752
 
$12.95 US / £8.50 UK / 10.00
Available through Amazon, Amazon Europe and Create Space.
 
About the Book
 
Evening in the Plaza contains forty-one haibun and forty-eight haiku, selected from the published writings of over a decade, by Jeffrey Woodward, a leading exponent and theorist of haibun, and founder and general editor of Haibun Today. The origins of haibun, or the wedding of prose and haiku, can be traced to 17th century Japan but this literary genre gradually fell out of favor and practice in its homeland; it has been revived and naturalized internationally by English-language poets in recent decades.
 
"Potentially lost in Jeffrey Woodward's enduring advocacy of the haibun genre is the quality of his own work. No more. The pieces of this handsome collection, assembled from the past decade, exhibit the suppleness of his style, the probity of his thought, and the range of his affections. It isn't essential that a champion of a neglected genre be expert in it, but when he is, it lends credence to his claims of value. This volume will make certain those claims are taken very seriously."
Jim Kacian
Senior Editor, Contemporary Haibun
 
About the Author
 
Jeffrey Woodward, with the exception of abbreviated stints in West Virginia, New Mexico and California, has worked and lived in the Great Lakes Region for much of his life. He graduated with honors from Eastern Michigan University with majors in language arts (linguistics) and political science. His poems and articles appear frequently in periodicals and anthologies throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
 
Woodward currently acts as general editor of Haibun Today, a journal that he founded in 2007. He formerly edited Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose and served, in 2010 and again in 2011, as adjudicator for the British Haiku Society's Haiku Awards. His selected poems, under the title In Passing, were published in 2007 and he edited The Tanka Prose Anthology in 2008.
 
Tournesol Books
P.O. Box 441152
Detroit, MI 48244-1152