Press Here is pleased to announce the revised and expanded edition of Edward J. Rielly’s Abandoned Farmhouse (the first edition appeared in 2000). The new book features 17 poems in the title sequence, and an additional 49 haiku in four seasonal sections. The author says that writing these haiku has been “at heart a joyous experience, even a celebration,” and trusts that readers will not see these poems as sad. See also the author’s other books on Amazon.
wallpaper peeling back
to my childhood
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2021 (second, expanded edition), perfectbound, 56 pages, 5 x 8 inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-41-1
“Abandoned Farmhouse is a celebration in haiku of the indelible life that exists in a farmhouse and a testament to the breadth and depth of farm life. This essential haiku collection conveys the inextricable linkage of farm life to nature’s flow of seasons, day by day, chore by chore, illuminating a beautiful round of relationships.” —Tom Clausen
“Ed Rielly is a skilled and sensitive poet, as these carefully crafted haiku clearly show. The ‘Abandoned Farmhouse’ poems are poignant and deeply felt. Read and re-read these poems. Their meaning deepens and broadens. Listen to the quiet music of this gifted poet.” —Elizabeth Searle Lamb
“With a breath’s worth of words Ed Rielly brings the living moments of other places, other times, into the present. His haiku indeed act as ‘wallpaper peeling back / to my childhood.’ Ed Rielly has the technique, the eye, the heart of a master.” —Carol Purington