Fractures by Iain Maloney
A collection of haiku & haiku-like poems.
‘An emotional and physical journey that spans an entire year and at least two countries… this collection is rich with the unsaid.’
– The Japan Times
Iain Maloney was born in Aberdeen and now lives in Japan. His novels The Waves Burn Bright (Freight, 2016), Silma Hill (Freight, 2015) and First Time Solo (Freight, 2014) were all well-received. He was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize in 2013 and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize in 2014.
Fractures is a collection of poems that follow the spirit rather than the strict rules of haiku, much in the way that Jack Kerouac or Alan Spence approach the form. While each poem stands on its own, they also form a fractured narrative across the pamphlet, a story of travel, adventure, love and heart-break. It is Iain’s first collection of poetry.
“Maloney transports you with each blink, each glance, each turn of the page to a new destination; a new emotion; a love affair; a laugh; a tear; a rebirth.” – Amy Burns
“‘The poems are full of wit and sincerity, with more variety than you’d expect from such short verse. A quick read initially, but one which pays again on revisits – highly recommended’ – Russell Jones, author of The Green Dress Whose Girl is Sleeping.
Putting together the pieces of a story told in verse – the Japan Times Review