MIRROR IMAGE MIRAGE
Authored by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Mirror Image Mirage gradually but methodically unravels the haiku through an interplay of “presence” and “absence” of language, as understood by Jacques Lacan as binary opposites undergirding our symbolic order of meaning-making. This book deliberately employs isms as counterpointing abstractions within haiku, this liberating stance establishing its point of departure from the contemporary five-lined gogyohka developed by Enta Kusakabe as well as Edward McFadden’s exhortation to readers to “think of haiku as mirage”. This collection of poems commemorates the birth tricentennial of Yosa Buson in 2016.
In his praise of this book, Randy Brooks has this to say: “In Mirror Image Mirage, Desmond Kon plays with haiku poetics — writing poems that shift quickly from haiku perceptions to postmodern narrative voices questioning the ability of language to bear significance. Literary theory becomes narrators and subjects and images in his short poetic sequences. With haiku-like stanzas, these poems employ quick haiku-cut shifts in direction and tone to engage the reader with an imagined mirage. With Kon’s sequences, we don't see through language. Language sees us imagining.”
Jointly Published by Glass Lyre Press and Squircle Line Press
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