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Three Raven Gate
Haiku & Other Poems
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poems in the book.
"Excellent read. Very inspiring and thought provoking. Have already recommended to many friends!"
“Brian R. Martens is a master of the traditional Japanese art form known as the haiku, which is short and compact. He also writes longer poems, which give him the opportunity to explore big topics like time and space, mystery and what he calls “Vision Wind.” Both haiku and longer poems are collected in a new book titled Three Raven Gate, published by McCaa Books, a major North Bay publisher of poetry. In an essay at the back of this book, Martens explains that he was ‘hiding my voice behind other poets’ and that ‘revealing of my inner thoughts and life in words is my salvation and a way to befriend myself.’ The poems in Three Raven Gatethe immense mysteries of the human heart. The illustrations by artist Michael Hofmann—who is a master of Japanese brush painting—stand on their own. They also enhance Martens’ haiku. Three Raven Gate is a feast for the eye and the ear.”
“Within Brian Martens’s Three Raven Gate a reader finds the best kind of poetry: direct experience transformed into contemplation and understanding. This fine gift of a moment’s pleasure reminds us that the most admirable human activity is sharing.”
“Brian Martens is a myth-maker and a dreamer. He does what many poets do, looking closely at the experiences of his life to see where they open out into spaciousness. But my inner ear also caught mythic tones and dream-time themes. He weaves them together with the quotidian, and suddenly there is something shining and breathing there that gives blessing.”
“Martens’ haiku exist in that ephemeral space we seek in our daily lives.”
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