Emily Romano. Ahaiga! Shadows Ink
Publications, March 2011. ISBN 978-0-9828105-8-3
Price: $15.00 + shipping. Size: 5.5" X 8.5" paperback, 20
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"It has been said that meaningful art changes the viewer in some
fundamental way. Emily Romano’s new book, AHAIGA!, has left me
changed. AHAIGA! is a visual book in which the author presents
computer generated art pieces paired with insightful haiku
resulting in a memorable collection of haiga. One of my favorite
pieces describes a garden seen through eyes clouded with
cataracts, causing me to wonder how much of life do we all see
through a lens clouded with our own experiences and prejudices.
her gardena Monet
Another I enjoyed pondering is a vividly graphic work in which
the words are precisely yet randomly placed in the art so the
viewer’s eyes repeat what the light in the piece is doing:
“light finding a flower”. A reminder that anything worth finding
requires looking and leisure to see, yet the resulting Aha!
moment of discovery, whether of beauty in nature or of self
awareness, is so often very moving.
AHAIGA! includes a wide range of subjects related to nature and
human nature. The interplay of vibrant color with traditional
and one-word haiku has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
you might enjoy by Emily Romano are After Eighty, Before
Oblivion, A Celtic Feeling, Connections, Dream With Me,
Thresholds to Haiku, The Music of Words, Rainbow Mystique, Faery
Folk & Fireflies, Faeries Forever, The Ties That Bind,
Immersion, and Firsthand Stories only available through Shadow
Poetry as well as Shadows Ink Chapbook: Series 2, Volume 2, a
compilation of contest poetry featuring Emily's work.