Contemporary tanka are delicately linked with striking black-and-white images in this innovative memoir. A stunning collaboration by an award-winning pair. Whimsical, humorous, poignant, and wise, the poems in Forward Moving Shadows span the full range of tanka expression. I admire the honesty and courage of Peggy Heinrich's poems from the intimacy of in my teens / despite the fear / I used to pray / don't let me die / a virgin to the realization that she's grown old in when did I cross / the border from Alice / in Wonderland / into the world / of Miss Havisham? Peggy welcomes us into her recollections of change, loss, and gratitude, and into her heart, filled with warmth and empathy. Like Japanese haiga, John Bolivar's photographs reflect the sentiments evoked by her tanka with exquisite visual reverberations. -Margaret Chula, President, Tanka Society of America *** The photographs and poems in this wonderful book engage in an evocative and generative dialogue. don't rush through them.
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July 27, 2012
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