All That Remains

2010 TLP Haiku Chapbook Competition Winner

By Catherine J.S. Lee

In this evocative collection of haiku about grappling with loss and change, Lee reflects on memories of loved ones and the Maine landscape of her childhood.

A short story writer for many years, Lee currently teaches in a Maine high school special education department. According to the judges, “her poems carry an emotional weight, a significance beyond the surface of things; they are not just pretty images.”

Arranged in an emotional arc that reaches deep inside, these haiku will be reread again and again. Flyleaf is Nepali sun washed dyed ferns.

4.5 inches x 5.75 inches. 27 pages.


Comments & Reviews

“Lee’s wonderful, small collection resonates with natural and homey images of rural America in northeastern Maine . . . that she is a photographer comes through in precise imagery that is enhanced by an understated sensibility to make great haiku.” Bruce Ross, editor of Haiku Moment, An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku

“Each poem sings of eternity. Even a stranded canoe / points at the moon. Hold this simple, but elegant handmade chapbook. Read it! And read it again! You will not be disappointed.” Kirsty Karkow, a Maine resident and author of shorelines: haiku, haibun and tanka, 2007

“…a tightly spun web of Maine haiku that do not lose their joint narrative and lyrical threads…if you want to reward yourself as a reader of good poetry, you can go no further than Lee’s book.” Alan Summers,  a Japan Times award-winning writer and editor of a number of anthologies.

“Cat Lee writes haiku with subtlety and precision… a delightfully produced, hand made chapbook that would please the most fastidious collector.” Lorin Ford, author of a wattle seedpod, the HSA Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Award first place winner in 2009, and the Gean Tree Press haiku editor

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