Desert Wind

First published in the “Briefly Reviewed” section of Frogpond 39:3, Autumn 2016, page 116.

Desert Wind
by Ferenc Bakos (2015, Red Moon Press, Winchester, Virginia). 86 pages, 4¼×6½˝, perfectbound. ISBN 978-1-936848-45-4. $12.00 from Red Moon Press.

A collection of 76 poems and three haibun in Hungarian and English. A few poems seem oddly translated, such as “farewell party / till fades into dark / the Fuji’s silhouette,” but most poems read well in English, such as “thirsty for love / fallen cherry petals / in our beer-mugs” or “All Souls’ Day / in the widower’s yard / second-bloom violets.”