Our Sweet Little Time depicts a calendar year in a series of 120 haiku. Alongside seasonal changes and observations of the natural world, the poems pay equal attention to urban life and human behaviour. While each haiku can be enjoyed in isolation, collectively they form a narrative that enriches the book as a whole, reflecting personal events from the mundane to the momentous–from job-seeking and paying debts to marriage and what is the book’s central theme: the birth of the author’s daughter. In a book of contrasts, wonder and joy are counterpointed by unease, anxiety and exhaustion, all treated with honesty, insight and humour.
The latest in IRON Press’s long running series of small haiku books, to accompany the reprint of the author’s previous IRON Press haiku collection, Our Sweet Little Time, which also covered a year of the poet’s life. This new collection ranges from the traditional to the experimental, combining striking imagery with philosophical reflection.