To Hear the Rain:
out of print
The complete contents of TO HEAR THE RAIN have been published in a second edition.
Here is the link to this new edition:
into the night
Peggy Willis Lyles was born in Summerville, South Carolina, on September 17, 1939. She died in Tucker, Georgia on September 3, 2010. A former Enlgish professor, she was a leading haiku writer for over 30 years—helping bring many readers and writers into the haiku community. Her voice and guidance will be missed in the community, but we know that her haiku will continue to touch so many souls in the future.
Reading Cor van den Heuvels The Haiku Anthology, first edition, convinced her of the freshness, sparkle, and value of English-language haiku. Since the late 1970s her work was published regularly in leading journals in the United States and abroad. She received awards from Modern Haiku, Wind Chimes, Woodnotes, Mayfly,The Herons Nest, the Haiku Society of America, the Museum of Haiku Literature, Snapshot Press, the Mainichi Daily News, Japan Airlines, the New Zealand Poetry Society, the Suruga Baika Literary Festival, The Peoples Poetry Newsletter, Haiku Poets of Northern California, the World Haiku Club, and other publications and organizations. She judged competitions for the Haiku Society of America, the North Carolina Haiku Association, the Poetry Society of Georgia, the Tallahassee Writers Association, and other groups.
Beginning with the September 2002 issue, Lyles was an associate editor of the on-line and print journal, The Herons Nest, and she served as a member of the editorial board for several of the most recent annual Red Moon Press anthologies.
A long-term member of the Haiku Society of America and a founding member of Pinecone, the North Georgia Haiku Society, she read her poetry at Haiku Chicago 1995; the Global Haiku Festival, Millikin University 2000; and Haiku North America, Boston 2001; as well as in classrooms, bookstores, and clubrooms.
From the Preface: Are you an old hand at English language haiku? Well-versed in its history and literature? Aware of the myriad debates about what makes a haiku a haiku? Or are you a relative newcomer to this unique form of expression, impressed by the way so few words convey so much vitality? Intuiting that there is much more to be discovered beneath the surface of words? Experienced or not, I feel certain that youll be smitten by what you find in this magnificent collection, selected from among the many poems written by Peggy Willis Lyles during the past twenty-five years. So, forget what you know; dont worry about what you dont know. Simply immerse yourself in these vibrant moments.
Peggy Lyles is one of our most highly regarded English language haiku poets, and for good reason. She is finely attuned to her surroundings, and when she gives expression to her experiences of the world around her, she is utterly honest. As I read her poems I know full well that there is no contrivance, that I have not been manipulated. Lyles doesnt pad her haiku with unnecessary words, nor does she strip them down to the point of being inaccessible. She sustains her focus on the experiences that inspire her, thereby gaining better understanding of them. When it comes time to translate those experiences into poems, she finds uncomplicated words and natural syntax to reveal her discoveries as clearly as possible. Christopher Herold, founding editor, Heron's Nest
You certainly have a wonderful body of poems, Peggy, and they remind me of Charles Dickson for their evocation of a place, of people keenly set in place. Your haiku gently touch on the best of times and honor the way time moves, but in our hearts a depth of feeling for what we love remains simply clear and still. Tom Clausen
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Other collections of Peggy Lyle's haiku include:
Red Leaves in the Air
Still at the Edge