Abandoned Farmhouse

Abandoned Farmhouse — Second Edition

Haiku by Edward J. Rielly

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.

abandoned farmhouse:

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

Edward J. Rielly is a professor emeritus of English and former director of the writing and publishing program at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. A widely published author, his books include a memoir of his childhood (Bread Pudding and Other Memories: A Boyhood on the Farm), children’s picture books, biographies, cultural histories, studies of baseball and football, and many collections of poetry. His haiku have appeared in several chapbooks and dozens of magazines since the 1970s. His Answers Instead: A Life in Haiku is the 2016 recipient of the Kanterman Memorial Award from the Haiku Society of America. He lives in Westbrook, Maine, with his wife, Jeanne.

See Edward J. Riellys Author Page on Amazon.

The first edition of this book, Abandoned Farmhouse and Other Poems, was published in 2000, with a somewhat different introduction and with eleven poems in the title sequence plus 21 additional haiku, some of them in earlier versions. The ISBN for the original book was 1-878798-21-9. It was 5 x 7½ inches in size and 28 pages in length.

  • “Edward J. Rielly grew up on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin and later moved to Maine with his wife and children. He has published seven previous books of poetry, a book on Gulliver’s Travels, and many articles, short stories, and book reviews. He is currently writing a book about baseball and popular culture for ABC-CLIO and a cultural history of the 1960s for Greenwood Publishing Company. Rielly chairs the English department at Saint Joseph College in Standish, Maine.” —from the back cover of the first edition