6 X 9 inches, 110 pages
Marigolds in Snow
Artwork by Peter Schwarz
Penumbra Press Poetry Series, No. 34
IN THIS COLLECTION OF HAIKU, Jocelyne Villeneuve blends the brevity and precision of the genre's form with the faith and essence of her own life. It is a poetry of insight, where strength, wisdom, and joy help us not only to observe but also to share in her personal story. There are battles hereof snow against the window pane, of her father in a hospital bed, of absent lovers. And there are small victoriesof smiles like ornaments, of kisses like hidden flowers.
Jocelyne Villeneuve's haiku are already familiar to audiences in Japan, the United States, and Canada. Marigolds in Snow is her first book-length publication of haiku in English.
a new friend
sky filtering through
worrying about you
scratching at the window
from The Letter
to write your name
in the window frost
Perhaps better known for her writing of French-language stories, poetry and journalism, Jocelyne Villeneuve was nonetheless no stranger to publishing in English. She lived in Sudbury, where she was a champion of Franco-Ontarian culture. Wheel-chair confined as a result of illness and a car accident in 1967, the former librarian worked for many years as a freelance writer.
Peter Schwarz lived and worked as a full-time artist in Grafton, Ontario. His bold-stroked paintings, pastels, and prints have graced the covers and interiors of numerous Penumbra Press books. His work embraces the human range from agony to ecstasy and inspires with its resilience.