Life & Times - People & Places
Grandeur, Folly & Fun
Dreams, Memories & Imagery
The Grave & Constant
in Ken Jones's new collection
The Parsley Bed
35 haibun and 75 haiku -->
"The Parsley Bed is a hugely entertaining read, combining poignancy and humour" -- from the foreword by Caroline Gourlay.
"Throughout The Parsley Bed there are moments startling for their beauty and wisdom" - Lucien Stryk, poet and translator.
"Ken Jones's poems and prose distil a clear, unsentimental light on his childhood and adult life. War-scarred Europe and rural Wales receive the same wry attention, informed by a deeply felt but utterly unpretentious commitment to Zen Buddhism. And between chapters of well-crafted haibun are bursts of exhilarating haiku, sparkling with life and aching with sadness" - Thomas Jones, editor of Urthona, magazine of Buddhism and the arts.
"One of the chief practitioners of haibun in English today. Count me among his cadre of followers." - Jim Kacian, American haiku poet and publicist.
"The last section [is] a song of farewell to the richness of the world, to Ken Jones's love of people and solitude, and to the comedy of his quest for enlightenment" -Tony Conran, major Welsh poet.
Ken Jones is a co-editor of the annual volume Contemporary Haibun, and contributes regularly to UK haiku magazines, as well as being represented in British and American anthologies. For his contribution to Pilgrim Foxes: Haiku and Haiku Prose, co-authored with Jim Norton and Sean O'Connor, Jones was awarded the Sasakawa Prize for Original Contributions in the Field of Haikai. In 2005 his "Travellers" (in this book) took first place in the annual English Language Haibun Contest. Earlier collections: Arrow of Stones (British Haiku Society, 2002); Stallion's Crag (Iron Press, 2003).
Jones is a Zen practitioner and teacher of thirty years' standing, and author of books on socially engaged Buddhism. He now lives in Ceredigion, Wales, with his Irish wife, Noragh.
Pilgrim Press 2006; pp.114. --- ISBN 0-9539901-4-1
£7 or $10 post free (cheques to "K. Jones") from Troedrhiwsebon, Cwmrheidol, Aberystwyth, Wales, SY23 3NB, U.K. American customers please post dollar bills or order through the Welsh Books Council website www.gwales.com