"Pieces of Her Mind" is the result of a year-long collaboration of 18 diverse women poets who live throughout the world. These women studied the poetic forms and shared their unique voices through online classes, group study sessions, interactive conference calls and online research. The book evolved over time due to the special talents and contributions of the various authors. The result is a merging of individual voices into one common voice, a voice which will be enjoyed by readers whether they like to read from front page to back or randomly skip to pages while on an airplane ride.
"Pieces of Her Mind" will also be enjoyed and appreciated by book clubs, classes and writing and reading groups as a vehicle to study and reflect upon not only how women think about their worlds but also about these centuries old forms of Japanese poetry. Throughout the book are instructive and personal reflective essays. In addition, an extensive, selected annotated bibliography and free online website resource (Q&A's to facilitate and prompt discussions) are provided by the authors.
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I have just finished reading this book, "Pieces of Her Mind," and found it quite interesting. It was a learning experience for me, as I was not familiar with this form of poetry. The Japanese Senryu, haiga, and kyoka poems were creative and stimulating to read. Very unique in both form and substance, I thoroughly enjoyed the short pieces by each of the authors. My ultimate reward came from Melissa Bickel as she was the one to broaden my scope, giving me the opportunity to study this form of poetry. Great introductions of poems represented by seventeen women, who I thought did a great job in composing, and compiling them into this wonderful volume. I commend the authors, and thank them for their gift of knowledge and insight. NancyB
I just finished reading "Pieces of Her Mind" for my second go round, and it is a delightful read. 18 female poets have joined forces to bring their unique blend of sass to the old Japanese forms, and the results are hilarious and insightful. To anyone who thinks poetry is not for me, think again. These short satiric and ironic verses deliver the kind of "one-liner" punch lines you would have found in newspaper comic strips back when funnies were actually funny, and conveyed a message. The book is divided into eight chapters on clearly defined topics: Beauty, Enlightenment, Laughter, Passion, Strength, Truth, Wisdom, and Friendship. In each chapter, there are three types of poems: senryu, haiga, and kyoka. There are also personal essays by each author that "mirror the essence of the chapter's title." While general readers, both male and female, will enjoy this book immensely, connoisseurs of Japanese poetry, haiku and tanka in particular, will also find plenty to keep them interested. The poems all adhere to the highest literary and stylistic standards of the genre. There is also an excellent set of references and resources found at the end of the book. "it's not what you said it is what you didn't say that I heard you say" Highly recommended!