Rustle of Bamboo Leaves.
Victor P. Gendrano. LuLu: 2005. ISBN: 978-1-4116-6215-5. 240
pages, 6" x 9", perfect binding, black and white interior ink.
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Bamboo Leaves: Selected haiku and other poems features
haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, haiga, cinquain, sijo, free verse
poems and commentary. Unique in the book are the comments and
critical reviews to some of the poems geared to help beginning
poets understand and write their craft better. The author spent
almost a year to complete the book from his decades of literary
"The craft found
in Victor Gendrano's tanka reflects a good understanding of both
tanka tradition and the potential for tanka as a short, powerful
form of poetry. He has striven to write a poetry without
boundaries and the result has been a small, important victory
for the human heart."
—Michael McClintock, President, Tanka Society of America and
editor, Tanka Anthology, Redmoon Press, © 2003
"Rich with appealing simplicity, Victor's poems range from
deeply serious to quietly humorous. His haiku demonstrate his
honest appreciation and concern for all of nature, including
humanity. Without bitterness or self-pity, he lays bare his own
—Ferris Gilli, poet and editor, The Heron's Nest
"The book is very special. I am so impressed and thrilled. This
unusual, comfortable approach is so refreshing. A biography. A
history. I can really relate to it. The verses that I have read
and the commentary will be so useful to most people and
—Kirsty Karkow, author, poet, and sculptor
A very personal book, it allows the reader to share the inner
corners of emotions, thoughts and sensibilities with the author
— intimacy, honesty, and openness, the likes of which can be
only obtained in special circumstances such as the Japanese
konyoku (communal bath). One word which could be chosen to
describe this special book is fuga no makoto (poetic
sincerity, honesty and truth).
—Susumu Takiguchi, poet, artist, Basho scholar, and founder and
Chairman, World Haiku Club
"This book contains outstanding poetry in several short forms
which will touch you and move you. Gendrano's poems are very
accessible, universal in their appeal. Get this book!"
—Denis Garrison,author, poet, and editor of Modern English
Rustle of Bamboo Leaves is interesting in a variety of
ways, but one of the most unusual is this is the first book I
have seen where the poems are published along with the comments
of his readers... Gendrano has found a method of breaking up the
monotony of poem upon poem by including the interaction around
the poem. This seems an excellent idea! The haiku encompass the
complete range of subject matter from death and disease... to
subtle jokes of male voyeurism.
—Jane Reichhold, author, poet, and editor of Lynx: A journal
for linking poets.
[His] authentic lyric voice is simple, sincere, moving and his
touching honesty and humanity thoroughly inhabit his poetry.
—Luis Cabalquinto, a poet writing in three languages