Seasons of Sharing
by Joyce Brinkman & Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
with Catherine Aubelle (France), Flor Aguilera Garcia (Mexico), Gabriele Glang (Germany), & Kae Morii (Japan)
Six international partners create intimate poetry in an ancient Japanese form, connecting nature and modern social issues of global scope
Six global partners in distant regions create poetry that is immediate, intimate, and modern, in an ancient poetic form. While exploring the richness of seasons, the book metaphorically visits incidents such as the Arab Spring, climate change, and urban violence.
"One is struck by the delightful agility of these verses, the utter cleanness of the images, the surprise offering at each bend, each shore, each season: a result no doubt of the multiple eyes and voices sustaining the scenery. Seasons of Sharing is sheer joy to read ... This is generous poetry from deeply gifted and open-hearted poets."—Sofia M. Starnes, VA Poet Laureate
“What a beautiful ambitious undertaking, organized by poets Joyce Brinkman and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda. Seasons of Sharing embodies their collaborative spirits and walks us through the seasons in ways that surprise and delight ... from a moon drained of silver to the sweet sensual salsa of blue jacaranda leaves, the renga in this contemporary collection are still rooted in the rich haiku tradition of close attention to the natural world, giving us an international sense of place that we can savor and celebrate” —Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina Poet Laureate
“Seasons of Sharing grows in power as the book moves through its year of moons. The poems shift, change, and surprise just as the months and seasons do. Attentive to the subtleties of nature, the book teaches the ear to listen and the eye to see anew. A collaboration of first merit.” —Joseph Heithaus, poet, professor, and author of Poison Sonnets
About the authors
Joyce Brinkman, Indiana Poet Laureate from 2002-2008, is a proponent of poetry as public art, and collaborates with literary and visual artists in different media, including a 25-foot stained glass window at the Indianapolis International Airport, and collaborative works with San Francisco Bay Press.
Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Virginia Poet Laureate from 2006-2008, is the author of six books of poetry and coeditor of two anthologies. She has received five grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and numerous awards, including an Edgar Allan Poe first-place award. She teaches poetry workshops for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Kae Morii is active in the international poetry world and is the author of many books of poetry.
Flor Aguilera Garcia, of Mexico, is the author of four books of poetry and several novels.
Catherine Aubelle teaches creative writing and shows her art throughout France and internationally.