Haiku, Including Invocation of the Muses. Following the pattern set by Robert Hass in his anthology, The Essential Haiku, they're presented as the work of three hockey haiku masters. Those who know the "editors'" own work will recognize their craft in the lines: Davidson's wit and profundity, and Poch's ability to run with a form to the limit of its possibilities. Coupled with an agile use of the hockey lexicon, these gifts make for kinetic gems: Gretzky, hockey stick preslap shot: a goalie's grim reaper, scythe held high. The combined references and allusions bring the poetic, the hockey, the haiku, and other worlds into repeated collision, with funny results; and the twists of lyricism hit just right, too: Stiff cross-check--you fall face down--Narcissus on ice. Bloody reflection. These and the dozens of other haiku show much more than two poets' ability to use a funny form. They sustain the anthology's overall approach as an innovation in satire that never breaks its deadpan pose but also avoids using irony to elevate writer above the subject. The haiku, individually and as a collection, kid because they love. The anthology works as much more than a gift for the one hockey
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Mar 6, 2006
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