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500 Cleveland Haiku by Michael Ceraolo

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An undrained swamp---
the Garden of Eden
for all the world's mosquitoes

Man on a park bench---
a dead ringer
for the Cowardly Lion

Funeral rite---
another building now
ashes to ashes, dust to dust

About the author: 
Michael Ceraolo is a retired firefighter/paramedic and active poet. His publications include Euclid Creek (Deep Cleveland Press), and the chapbooks Cleveland Haiku (Green Panda Press), More Euclid Creek and Cleveland Scores Early (Kendra-Steiner Editions), and Readings/The Road: Two Poems from Euclid Creek Book Three (Crisis Chronicles Press).
This is his second full-length book of poetry.

1 comment:

  1. is such a pleasure to read work by a writer who understands and has a firm grasp on traditional poetic styles. Basho, Bison and Kyoshi would be proud.

    This book delves into the everyday and ordinary life on the streets and suburban areas of Cleveland written with a classic yet modern view of the sights and sounds within the city. It is a testament to the poetic artistry Michael Ceraolo is able to express within this particular genre.

    A few examples:

    Winter scene ---

    my exhaled breath

    freezes on my eyelashes

    April ---

    bird shopping for food

    on my lawn

    Signs proclaiming

    that land is available---

    they'll kill the trees for you

    Economics depression ---

    even the dollar store

    goes out of business

    An uptempo tune ---

    the trees dance erratically

    to the storm"s music

    The haiku in this book tell stories with insight into city life and reflect wit, inspiration and compassion. Each haiku delivering a message and/or statement.

    Reading 500 Cleveland Haiku takes you on a journey through city life as seen through the eyes of the writer.

    Reading this book was refreshing and a lesson into the intricasies of writing haiku. Haiku is a style that only a few have mastered well and Michael Ceraolo proves through this anthology he is the master.

    By: Joanne Oivieri