Haiku DVD Review: Cranford

Sometimes what I love the most seems to be the most difficult to put into words. I watched the BBC mini-series Cranford – based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel and starring the incomparable Judi Dench and the hilarious Imelda Staunton – weeks ago and laughed, cried, and loved it so intensely that I’m unable to write a proper review. So you get a haiku instead…

Wonderful Cranford
Funny, heart-wrenching brilliance
Awesome Judi Dench

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Haiku Book Review: Cleo by Jean Brody

Time for another haiku inspired by another of my all-time favorite books, Cleo by Jean Brody. Set in the 1920s, the novel follows teenage spitfire Cleo from the country to the city and back to the country, through love, loss, quirky comedies, and family dramas. I’d recommend it to fans of Billie Letts’ Where the Heart Is and Fannie Flag’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

Cleo by Jean Brody

Country girl escape
Speakeasy, Reverend heat
Strawberry secret

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Haiku Book Review: The Dead

The Dead is a short story in The Dubliners by James Joyce. You can hear an audio version recorded by my Irish husband over at Librivox. Following is a haiku I wrote after recently re-reading the story:

The Dead by James Joyce

Snow on his shoulders
Gathering, his heart bestirred
Her secret sorrow

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