‘Fractures’: Putting together the pieces of a story told in verse

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By Dana Macalanda

“Fractures” is a slip of a book featuring 27 haiku-inspired poems from author and Japan Times contributor Iain Maloney.

It is of course possible to blitz through quickly, but consider this: While each poem can stand independently, taken together, they cover both an emotional and physical journey that spans an entire year and at least two countries.

People share memories using all types of social media that momentarily transport friends and loved ones into our individual worlds — it’s arguable that “Fractures” functions similarly, but where torrents of social media can amount to “oversharing,” this collection is rich with the unsaid. Where some use Snapchat and Facebook, Maloney chronicles in verse. Read more

Source: Japan Times

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