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Author of the critically applauded debut novel Twelfth House, ELENI TRAGANAS has published in Möbius, Ibbetson Street Press, The Aurorean, The Penwood Review and numerous other literary journals, and her award-winning artwork has appeared in over forty national exhibitions. A resident of New York City, she enjoys a varied career as a Juilliard-trained concert pianist and composer, activities that have earned her accolades from the international press.




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Shaded Pergola
Haiku & Other Short Poems With Illustrations
by Eleni Traganas View author's profile page

Overview


In this poignant collection of haiku and short poems richly enhanced with exquisite botanical illustrations and pen & ink sketches, poet and visual artist ELENI TRAGANAS transports the reader into an intense micro-world of nature's transformative beauty and mystery in its timeless passage through the seasons. With wit, introspection and a focus on the eternal present, SHADED PERGOLA guides devotees of the flora and fauna kingdom on a journey into an evocative literary garden where every poem illustrates a seemingly artless moment in time, from birth through decay, awakening our emotions with surprising lucidity: Haiku in its most pure and classic essence in a realm where nature is illuminated and magnified through the lens of human nature.



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PRAISE FOR SHADED PERGOLA:

“THIS BOOK IS A MUST-READ. Graceful, like a quiet call to prayer...the beauty and quiet power of the poet's work make this volume of verse one that almost any poetry fan will likely treasure”
— THE US REVIEW OF BOOKS


“Fall into a kaleidoscope of poignancy and beauty as the pages unfold in this delightful read. Eloquently written and gorgeously illustrated with handcrafted artistry, haiku poems and delicate prose lull the soul into a world where little exists except purity and succulence”
— THE MANHATTAN BOOK REVIEW

Multi-talented, [Traganas] defies definition. She is all about beauty with all its deep implications. For those who have a penchant for botanical studies, there is a delight waiting to feast their eyes...gorgeous manifestations of beauty”
— WORLD HAIKU REVIEW

ELENI TRAGANAS is an award-winning renaissance artist in many fields: musician, composer, painter, pen-and-ink artist, writer, and poet. In Shaded Pergola she brings her talent to haiku and short poetry in a rare volume featuring exquisitely detailed botanical illustrations. Long ago on a blisteringly hot July afternoon, we read in the Preface, the author trekked home from the library with a cache of books, sat herself under the cool shade of a garden pergola and excitedly unpacked the volumes that would be accompanying her on her summer vacation. To the fourteen-year-old bibliophile, every book lovingly flipped through elicited a fresh and thrilling tactile sensation of great expectations to come: a weighty tome of breathtaking engravings, some plant identification guides. And finally, two slim volumes: one modest book of Japanese haiku, and a collection of T'ang Dynasty Chinese poems. Immersing herself in the simplicity and evocative power of these unassuming poems, she sensed a shiver of recognition and sat entranced in a state of exhilaration. On that singular bucolic afternoon many decades ago, the author was baptized into the mesmerizing world of Haiku.

The haiku and senryu of Shaded Pergola revisit those first moments of intense discovery. With luxurious original sketches and botanical illustrations inspired by antiquarian engravings, the poems in this unique collection embody evanescent impressions meant to speak for themselves—and lead the reader into a transitory and spellbinding world where nature and the human soul find a common but rarefied affinity.

https://www.elenitraganas.com



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Overview


In this poignant collection of haiku and short poems richly enhanced with exquisite botanical illustrations and pen & ink sketches, poet and visual artist ELENI TRAGANAS transports the reader into an intense micro-world of nature's transformative beauty and mystery in its timeless passage through the seasons. With wit, introspection and a focus on the eternal present, SHADED PERGOLA guides devotees of the flora and fauna kingdom on a journey into an evocative literary garden where every poem illustrates a seemingly artless moment in time, from birth through decay, awakening our emotions with surprising lucidity: Haiku in its most pure and classic essence in a realm where nature is illuminated and magnified through the lens of human nature.



Read more

Description


PRAISE FOR SHADED PERGOLA:

“THIS BOOK IS A MUST-READ. Graceful, like a quiet call to prayer...the beauty and quiet power of the poet's work make this volume of verse one that almost any poetry fan will likely treasure”
— THE US REVIEW OF BOOKS


“Fall into a kaleidoscope of poignancy and beauty as the pages unfold in this delightful read. Eloquently written and gorgeously illustrated with handcrafted artistry, haiku poems and delicate prose lull the soul into a world where little exists except purity and succulence”
— THE MANHATTAN BOOK REVIEW

Multi-talented, [Traganas] defies definition. She is all about beauty with all its deep implications. For those who have a penchant for botanical studies, there is a delight waiting to feast their eyes...gorgeous manifestations of beauty”
— WORLD HAIKU REVIEW

ELENI TRAGANAS is an award-winning renaissance artist in many fields: musician, composer, painter, pen-and-ink artist, writer, and poet. In Shaded Pergola she brings her talent to haiku and short poetry in a rare volume featuring exquisitely detailed botanical illustrations. Long ago on a blisteringly hot July afternoon, we read in the Preface, the author trekked home from the library with a cache of books, sat herself under the cool shade of a garden pergola and excitedly unpacked the volumes that would be accompanying her on her summer vacation. To the fourteen-year-old bibliophile, every book lovingly flipped through elicited a fresh and thrilling tactile sensation of great expectations to come: a weighty tome of breathtaking engravings, some plant identification guides. And finally, two slim volumes: one modest book of Japanese haiku, and a collection of T'ang Dynasty Chinese poems. Immersing herself in the simplicity and evocative power of these unassuming poems, she sensed a shiver of recognition and sat entranced in a state of exhilaration. On that singular bucolic afternoon many decades ago, the author was baptized into the mesmerizing world of Haiku.

The haiku and senryu of Shaded Pergola revisit those first moments of intense discovery. With luxurious original sketches and botanical illustrations inspired by antiquarian engravings, the poems in this unique collection embody evanescent impressions meant to speak for themselves—and lead the reader into a transitory and spellbinding world where nature and the human soul find a common but rarefied affinity.

https://www.elenitraganas.com



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Book details

Genre:POETRY

Subgenre:General

Language:English

Pages:100

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9780578311982


Overview


In this poignant collection of haiku and short poems richly enhanced with exquisite botanical illustrations and pen & ink sketches, poet and visual artist ELENI TRAGANAS transports the reader into an intense micro-world of nature's transformative beauty and mystery in its timeless passage through the seasons. With wit, introspection and a focus on the eternal present, SHADED PERGOLA guides devotees of the flora and fauna kingdom on a journey into an evocative literary garden where every poem illustrates a seemingly artless moment in time, from birth through decay, awakening our emotions with surprising lucidity: Haiku in its most pure and classic essence in a realm where nature is illuminated and magnified through the lens of human nature.



Read more

Description


PRAISE FOR SHADED PERGOLA:

“THIS BOOK IS A MUST-READ. Graceful, like a quiet call to prayer...the beauty and quiet power of the poet's work make this volume of verse one that almost any poetry fan will likely treasure”
— THE US REVIEW OF BOOKS


“Fall into a kaleidoscope of poignancy and beauty as the pages unfold in this delightful read. Eloquently written and gorgeously illustrated with handcrafted artistry, haiku poems and delicate prose lull the soul into a world where little exists except purity and succulence”
— THE MANHATTAN BOOK REVIEW

Multi-talented, [Traganas] defies definition. She is all about beauty with all its deep implications. For those who have a penchant for botanical studies, there is a delight waiting to feast their eyes...gorgeous manifestations of beauty”
— WORLD HAIKU REVIEW

ELENI TRAGANAS is an award-winning renaissance artist in many fields: musician, composer, painter, pen-and-ink artist, writer, and poet. In Shaded Pergola she brings her talent to haiku and short poetry in a rare volume featuring exquisitely detailed botanical illustrations. Long ago on a blisteringly hot July afternoon, we read in the Preface, the author trekked home from the library with a cache of books, sat herself under the cool shade of a garden pergola and excitedly unpacked the volumes that would be accompanying her on her summer vacation. To the fourteen-year-old bibliophile, every book lovingly flipped through elicited a fresh and thrilling tactile sensation of great expectations to come: a weighty tome of breathtaking engravings, some plant identification guides. And finally, two slim volumes: one modest book of Japanese haiku, and a collection of T'ang Dynasty Chinese poems. Immersing herself in the simplicity and evocative power of these unassuming poems, she sensed a shiver of recognition and sat entranced in a state of exhilaration. On that singular bucolic afternoon many decades ago, the author was baptized into the mesmerizing world of Haiku.

The haiku and senryu of Shaded Pergola revisit those first moments of intense discovery. With luxurious original sketches and botanical illustrations inspired by antiquarian engravings, the poems in this unique collection embody evanescent impressions meant to speak for themselves—and lead the reader into a transitory and spellbinding world where nature and the human soul find a common but rarefied affinity.

https://www.elenitraganas.com



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About the author


Author of the critically applauded debut novel Twelfth House, ELENI TRAGANAS has published in Möbius, Ibbetson Street Press, The Aurorean, The Penwood Review and numerous other literary journals, and her award-winning artwork has appeared in over forty national exhibitions. A resident of New York City, she enjoys a varied career as a Juilliard-trained concert pianist and composer, activities that have earned her accolades from the international press.




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