Tangled Shadows

Senryu & Haiku

by Elliot Nicely


A Love Story

With an earnest, and decidely un-“Hallmark Card” wit, Elliot Nicely allows us to participate in his romantic journey — moment by moment:

from the beginning

first date
no forturne cookies
with the bill

through the raptures

newly shaven legs
steam rises
from the asphalt

into the torments, self-searching, and then reaching out to love

summer solstice the distance to her lips

Buy this little book for yourself or for a Valentine.
It’s the real thing!

Praise for Tangled Shadows

This … is a “gem” in every sense of the word. … a Rosenberry Books edition,…

truly “one of a kind …
simple but truly elegant treatment suits the work perfectly.

Elliot is a wordsmith to be appreciated, he has mastered his craft.
His senryu have both wit and warmth … fully captivating the reader.
You will want to meet the woman at the restaurant, and hear the “rest of” the argument.

If you enjoy being “taken in” by a poet, and share his moments,
then you will do well to have this book.

… [M]ore! I trust another volume is in our future.

read the full United Haiku & Tanka Society review by Mike Rehling

“…striking… authenticity…the reader feel(s) that Nicely is speaking to them….”

read the full New Zealand Poetry Society review by Patricia Prime

Nicely takes traditional forms and modernizes them … hint at deeper nuances of a relationship, or of something fragile, or of possibilities beyond the world … immediately conveyed

Nicely seems to have mastered these forms, and this brief, handcrafted book … is a pleasure to read and behold.

read the full Prick of the Spindle review by Cynthia Reeser

… clever and delightful, covering a range of experience from simple delights of nature…
I … recommend this book as a fine unique treatment of poetry presentation, simple yet elegant.

read the full LYNX journal review by Dennis (chibi) Holmes

space … to fully appreciate the writing…
I highly recommend the collection, and all Rosenberry Books…

read the full Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts review by Alan Summers

See also:
Frogpond, the Haiku Society of America

Tangled Shadows — Standard Edition — 6x9 in. hand-bound softcover — 8.95
English Somerset cover, archival, 2013.

About the Author

Elliot Nicely’s poetry has been published in the following Anthologies:

Now This: Contemporary Poems of Beginnings, Renewals, and Firsts
(Wasteland Press, 2013);
evolution: The Red Moon Anthology of English-language Haiku, 2010 Ed.
(Red Moon Press, 2011);
Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol. 3
(Modern English Tanka Press, 2011);
seed packets: an anthology of flower haiku
(bottle rockets press, 2010);
Dust of Summers: The Red Moon Anthology of English-language Haiku, 2007 Ed.
(Red Moon Press, 2008).

and in the folloing Journals:

Acorn, Atlas Poetica, Mayfly, Paper Wasp Acorn, frogpond, bottle rockets, Kokako, Modern Haiku,
Notes From the Gean, moonset, and White Lotus

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