i have just realised that on my last two holidays i have read a book by ian adams. this year's was his new collection of poems - unfurling. it's delightful. it's only about 60 pages so i have probably read it about three times... ian has really found his voice i think - fusing moments of attention in the world, wisdom for the ways of the soul with a deep love and longing for the healing of all things and indeed the healer of all things. there are a lot of haiku poems - which are poems that have three lines of 5, 7, then 5 syllables. i really enjoyed these - he has an inspired retelling of the beattitudes as haikus for example. and he has a way with language that manages to be spiritual and fresh and deep without ever being overly religious or clichéd. you can see some of what ian is up to at beloved life
there's another book on my beach towel (on marloes sands in case you were wondering - one of the most amazing beaches) - it's a novel. any book cover geeks able to recognise it?!
i wrote a haiku on the beach which is pretty lame but here it is...
of gazing at the ocean
where in the city?