I must say that I am impressed with these poems by BakhtiyarAmini. They are among the best I’ve read. They are thought-provoking and surprising—what good haiku poems should be. Many of the images are fresh and unexpected. As if the poems were not enough, included in Carrying Sunrays are charming illustrations of butterflies, bees, and other haiku subjects. Mr. Amini has taken a great deal of time and care in crafting his work to make each page a delight. I’m happy I had a chance to experience this rare talent firsthand.
—Ed Bremson, author of With Dreams of Summer Stars and Like a Summer Night
Carrying Sunrays shines a beam of light on a series of haiku moments that takes the reader on a journey. The poems tell a story of the ups and downs of relationships, starting over, fatherhood, the isolation of coronavirus, and rediscovering one’s surroundings. The reader can enjoy unique cultural moments of village life spanning the author’s Tajikistani roots and current European home, from the daily rituals of people (a neighbor or schoolteacher), to appreciation of the smallest ant and flower, to complex political conditions. The second runner-up poem in The Heron’s Nest Readers’ Choice Awards remains one of the standouts of this collection, signifying the author’s sensitivity in observing the human condition.
pork and beef cooking
in the same pan
—Agnes Eva Savich, author of The Watcher: Poems