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Haiku by James Deahl

Photography by Richard M. Grove






Poetry and Prose by North Shore Hidden Brook Press authorss






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ISBN - 978-1-897475-79-9




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Award-winning haiku poet James Deahl teams up with photographer Richard M. Grove (Tai) to create this striking full colour collection of haiku and photography. This noteworthy volume brings you ten haiku sequences and photographs, both celebrating the beauty of Ontario, especially Hastings and Wellington Counties – North of Belleville.  

Deahl’s haiku sequences are some of his finest work. They bring to life the very core of what Ontario is.

James Deahl Bio Note:

James Deahl was born in Pittsburgh (USA) in 1945, and grew up in that city as well as in and around the Laurel Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains. He moved to Canada in 1970 and holds dual American/Canadian citizenship. He is the author (or, in the case of Tu Fu, translator) of nineteen literary titles, most recently Opening The Stone Heart and No Star Is Lost.                

A poem in his first collection of haiku, Blue Ridge, won the Mainichi Award (Tokyo, Japan). Tasting The Winter Grapes won the Award of Excellence from the Hamilton & Region Arts Council. In 2001 Deahl was presented with the Charles Olson Award for Achievements in Poetry. His When Rivers Speak won the Ramada Plaza Hotel Award for Poetry.

In addition to his writing, he has taught creative writing and Canadian literature at the high school (Norwell District Secondary School), college (Seneca College), and university (Ryerson University) levels. He no longer teaches, and for the past dozen years has mostly been a full-time writer/editor/translator.

James Deahl lives in Sarnia. He is the father of Sarah, Simone, and Shona.

Richard M. Grove Bio Note:

Richard Marvin Grove was born into an artist family in Hamilton, Ontario, on October 7, 1953.  With both parents (Marvin and Ruth) being artists and art collectors he had a unique and early introduction into the world of visual art. His first experience with art was with photography when at the age of thirteen he purchased, with his father=s enthusiasm and help, his first single lens reflex camera. Over the ensuing years, after leaving high school, he studied pottery at Mohawk College, design and pottery at Sheridan College, leading to his graduating in 1984 from the Experimental Arts Department at Ontario College of Art. In 1994 he graduated with honours from the Humber College, Arts Administration diploma course. In 2002 he returned to school to study computer courses relating to publishing.

Since graduating from Ontario College of Art, Richard, has exhibited in more than twenty, solo and group exhibitions in Hamilton, Toronto, Boston, Calgary and Grand Prairie. He has his art and photographs in over thirty corporate collections across Canada.  The most prominent of which are Esso Resources, Continental Insurance, Alberta Energy Corporation and Calgary District Hospital Group. These four companies alone represent a collection of well over twenty-five pieces of his work. Among the many corporate collections are six commissions of different styles and mediums ranging from pastel on paper to acrylic on canvas.

Along with his visual art Richard has been writing poetry seriously for decades and has been published widely in periodicals and anthologies around the world.  His first book of poetry titled ABeyond Fear and Anger@ was released in 1997. His second book titled APoems For Jack@ was released in 2002 with AA View of Contrasts@ soon after that. His book of digital paintings and poetry entitled ASky Over Presqu=ile: Fragments of Time@ was released in 2003. AFamily Reunion@, a collection of short stories / novella was published in 2007. “Psycho Babble and the Consternations of Life” was released in 2008. “From Cross Hill” and “Trapped in Paradise”, both Cuba memoirs were published in 2009 and 2010.  

He is an editor and publisher and runs Hidden Brook Press, SandCrab Books and Reflections on the Past from his home in Presqu’ile Provincial Park. He is most proud of his Canadian literary series called The North Shore Series.  He is the president of the CCLA – Canada Cuba Literary Alliance -, the founding president of the Brighton Arts Council and the founding member of the Brighton and area Writers Group.