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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
In this collection of poems, Kàkos 501 More Haiku Poems by Kakós Kàkos, poetry lovers get a blend of Greek and Japanese ways of expression, which gives them a unique spiritual experience. The poet is originally from Greece and he infuses the traditional form of haiku poetry into his writing, leaving readers with a very different form of poetry and aestheticism. The poet enthralls readers with his haiku, even though the constraints of writing haiku have always been difficult for a Western writer. Displayed in sequential order, this collection is a feast for any poetry aficionado; especially those who like the minimalist way of expressing their thoughts.
The haiku poems in the book are interesting and engaging, and they capture diverse emotions and feelings with just the right amount of words that makes it very effective. Readers will want to read these haiku many times to get the underlying thoughts and expressions of the author and what he meant. The black and white pictures go well with the words and highlight the author’s aesthetic way of looking at life and his surroundings. Haiku poetry is profound, crisp, and minimalist, effectively saying a lot in those three lines. It is not an easy form to master as each line explores the nuances of life in a beautiful way. For all those who are into poetry writing, this form is a 'must try' as it knits together a statement, emotion, and spiritualism in three lines, making it a challenging form to experiment with.