The Comfort of Crows arrives like a perfect thirty days of November. I find this spare and wind-driven set of poems, in truth, a source of great comfort.
--John Stevenson, Managing Editor, The Heron’s Nest
The extraordinary beauty of Hifsa and Alan’s collaborative poetry captures a mystical darkness, where mosaic rain is gently woven into velvet raven shadows. Their poetic path is elegantly crafted and brings together the classic haiku tradition with contemporary aesthetics.
— Anna Maris, Member of the Swedish Haiku Society
Crows are intelligent, wild birds who will form strong relationships with humans. I admire everything about them. The poems are thought-provoking and elegant, and embrace the different facets of life: illness, loss, death, and the courage and strength to carry on.
-- Kris Tsujikawa, Crow Journalist
Susan Burch’s new collection, Keeping Score: Angry Tanka, answers the question: Why do we need angry tanka? We need angry tanka because they are better than the alternatives—violence or passive-aggressive pretense. Angry tanka do not mince words. They do not hide behind innuendo or avoid hurting. They are honest and release emotional truths we can no longer mask. A good venting through an angry tanka clears the air and makes way for the start of a new day. Sometimes, after a storm, there’s no other way to let yourself find the peace and joy of life you deserve.
—Randy Brooks, Teacher, Poet, & Editor
Keeping Score: Angry Tanka by Susan Burch is a must-read for anyone interested in modern Japanese poetry. In a society where we associate general anger as solely negative versus basic human emotion, Burch provides us with a healthy coping mechanism and a reminder that resentment and irritation are normal reactions we all experience. Angry tanka is a unique take on the classic form and is essential for expansion within poetry as well as society. If you’ve ever needed validation for your feelings or to write about them, this collection is for you!
—Lori A. Minor, Editor of #Femku Mag and Bleached Butterfly