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Sexy Haiku

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    Nick Brooks(Author)

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These engaging and accessible haiku are in turns romantic, funny, erotic, and playful. A woman asks her new lover:

Why don't you write about me?
legs parted wry smile between dark curls
maybe I will.

What follows is a powerful, explicit and vivid collection that follows the peaks and troughs of one man's relationships.Whether read alone or shared with the one you love, this is a collection wrought with sexual tension that will leave you gasping.

Nick Brooks was born and still lives in Glasgow. He studied English at Glasgow University, where he also graduated with a Masters degree in Creative Writing. Nick has worked in a variety of jobs, including musician, cartoonist and stained glass window maker. His first novel was My Name is Denise Forrester, published by Phoenix Press in 2005 and his second, The Good Death, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 2006. His most recent novel, Indecent Acts, was published by Freight Books in 2014. Nick has been completing a PhD at the University of the West of Scotland.

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  • PDF | 198 pages
  • Nick Brooks(Author)
  • Freight Books (1 Mar. 2016)
  • English
  • 8
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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  • By Ms. Cathy J. Bryant on 30 April 2016

    Those expecting strict 5-7-5 throughout, season words etc probably shouldn't buy this - or rather, they should buy it, just to see how powerful and charged contemporary haiku can be. I can't share much of the best work in this collection, as many of the haiku contain Naughty Words, that review sites don't allow. But this does push the boundaries of sexual poetry, much as the Mersey Poets did in the late '60s. I'm pretty sure that McGough, Henri etc were influences on this poet.It's all from the male point of view, but that itself is interesting, especially as the work is so honest. There is a great celebration of female sexuality here as well as male, but the narrator is an older man, and has the values of his generation: he uses un-PC terms such as 'trannies', and his view of women and their motives can be suspect, but frankly, it's worth getting past this just to feel the glory of such a powerful sexuality.It would be nice to have had a bit more love in there. There are glimpses of it, and of the pain that it occasions to the poet. On several occasions I wanted him to power through that pain and say, look, communicate with that person, work through this and you'll have the best sex of your life. That frustration shows how much I engaged with the work!Many collections of sex-themed poems fail to, er, perform. They are flashes of passion but are often rather unsatisfying. This delivers - hard, fast, slow, exciting, edgy, and gives insight into a particular type of lover. I hope that it wins awards, is widely reviewed - whether positively or with reservations - and is talked about. this is new stuff that drives poetry forward, and I only hope that the poetry community and media are up to speed.I received the copy free from a Goodreads giveaway, but as you know if you've read any of my other reviews, that does not prevent me from being scathing if I feel that it is appropriate.

  • By David Kenvyn on 7 June 2016

    As a rule, I do not like Haiku. There is nothing wrong with the form. It is more the way that it has been latched onto by people who want to demonstrate how clever they are. And that, of course, is very unfair of me. Because there are a lot of people out there who write haiku because it is the form that suits what they want to say.Nick Brooks is one of those people. He wants to tell a story and he has chosen haiku as his form because it is precise, it demands discipline in the writing, it is lyrical and the reader has to concentrate in order not to miss important details. This is a story about a sexual relationship told in graphic detail, sparing no blushes at all. If you are embarrassed about describing the activity which placed us all on this planet, you will not get beyond the first ten pages. If, on the other hand, you are aware of how ridiculous sex can be, and can laugh about it, then you will admire the skill, dexterity and downright honesty which Nick Brooks uses to describe this most popular of human pastimes.Any author who can write this haiku, definitely has a sense of humour."What arouses you?Just the usual a really hot curryten pints of lager."A haiku for Glasgow, or anywhere, on a Saturday night. And that really is my point. Nick Brooks uses the haiku form to create an image in your mind. And he goes from haiku to haiku linking these images, introducing characters and creating a story for his readers to think about. Given that the haiku form is very precise and contained, this is a remarkable achievement.And now for an admission. Nick Brooks was one of the users of the library service where I worked. I do not know if we did anything to nurture his talent, although I hope that we did. I hope that we played our small part in the development of this astonishing writer. Because that is what he is - a writer to be savoured and enjoyed.

  • By emo on 23 June 2016

    Formal experimentation, dark humour, genuine sexiness and good old existential dirtiness - I was really impressed with Sexy Haiku. I'm into novels more than haiku but these hit the spot technically and in that zen wisdom sense of "ah yes" plus they also tell a story of what seems like a man's maturing sense of relationships, sexual need, horrible emotions and commitment. At first I thought sexy and haiku was some kind of punk rock iconoclastic mix but actually mixing sex and this ancient poetic form really works on a whole lot of different levels - most of all is the accumulated wisdom of ageing angle. This is actually a book of small flashes of wisdom that form into a bigger whole - like a book of haiku should be, but this is for the modern cynical age. Brooks manages to find something like love in the mess of all too human parts..

  • By ThePopulation on 21 October 2016

    This book is a gem! Clever and daring in it's structure and use of Haiku to tell a love story. It takes you through a romance that is at times charming, at times sad. Unwavering in it's honesty and very, very sexy, this book it to be read and reread.

  • By Charles E. Gorrie on 5 September 2016

    This book turned out to be other than I was expecting. This is a love story written in haiku. I read it all in one sitting

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