Lyubenova, Maya. Flecks of blue - an English-Bulgarian Haiku
Vladislav Hristov, Editor.
Blagoevgard. March, 2010.
9789549857283. 50 pages.
Vladislav Hristov - http://vladpho.com/
(This is a Bulgarian bookstore, but some friends from the UK and
the States have already purchased it. They did this by clicking
the orange button, then they got an automated message in
Bulgarian, followed by a letter in English, in which they were
instructed how to pay for it).
Jane Reichold, US
Sunday, October 10, 2010 about Flecks of Blue in LYNX
или за "Парченца синьо" в "ЛИНКС"
"I guess I really am already traveling as I write these book
reviews on a sunny morning in August. The Flecks of Blue
on the lovely cover of Maya’s first book of haiku allow me
to journey to Kotel Bulgaria where Maya teaches at the
Philip Kutev National School of Folk Arts. However, thanks
to the Internet I have met Maya in the AHAforum and there I
have gotten to know her and even more, came to admire her
work in haiga. No wonder that in 2009 she was declared a
Master Haiga Artist.
Though Flecks of Blue do not contain any of her haiga,
the book does show how adept she is in writing haiku. She
makes it look so easy! Because each of her haiku are flecks
of perfection, the reader can relax and sink down into the
pleasure of her timeless observations.
a dwarf lingers
at my feet
From this you
can see Maya has a fine sense of humor that is exactly at
home in haiku. She is not telling jokes or slipping into
senryu, but is seeing her world anew and showing it to us.
the lights in the puddle
Maya Lyubenova was born in Plovdiv, where she graduated from
the English Language School, later she studied English Philology
in Veliko Tarnovo University. She is a teacfher in Philip Kutev
National School of Folk Arts Kotel.
Maya writes poetry in English and Bulgarian, her free verse
poetry, visual poems and haiku have been published in many
English magaszines and oneline ezines like Frogpond, The World
Haiku Review, Shamrock Haiku Journal, Moonset, Haigaonline,
Sketchbook - a Journal for Eastern and Western Short Foirms,
3Lights Gallery, Gean Tree Press, etc. In the April issue 2009
of the World Haiga Contest, the Jury named Maya Lyubenova WHA
Master Haiga Artist, and in May 2009 her haiku won the first
prize in the Second National Haiku Contest in Bulgaria.
Read additional poems from Flecks of Blue.