GARY HOTHAM has been crafting English language haiku for over 45 years. Echoing T.S. Eliot, for Hotham, writing haiku is to “devour any kind of experience” and fulfills the poet’s “task of trying to find the verbal equivalents for states of mind and feeling.”
Born in Maine and currently living in Maryland, Hotham has enjoyed the pleasant experiences of traveling and living in foreign lands: Japan, Germany, England, Texas.
“Gary Hotham’s three-liners aren’t traditionally haikus, though he’s free to call them whatever he wants. The point is, each and every one of his mini-poems suggests an anecdote, delivers an adage, sometimes deploys material suitable for novels—in deft pointillist portraits and landscapes. Hotham has close to 100 of these doozies, and a goodly percentage of them are extremely successful. The book makes for smart, easy reading. It’s as if the wisdom of the ages is a stone’s throw away from these pages. I hope this book ‘makes your afternoon’ as it ‘made my day’!”
—JAMES REISS, author of When Yellow Leaves