Friday, 23 June 2006

Snow by Maxence Fermine

I've just read this beautiful little book. Yuko is a poet who loves haiku and snow. His poetry is white and pure like the snow itself. He travels to find a master poet who can help him find some colour in his poetry. Along the way he falls in love and discovers a lot about how to write poetry. The story is clear and symmetrical, like a snowflake and full of wisdom. It's a short novel, told in simple language (just as well given that I read it in Italian! Though it was written originally in French). I'd say its essential reading for everyone who loves poetry (and snow!).

7 comments:

Nia said...

interesting but odd, since Yuko is a female name. :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Well, yes, that's what I thought too Nia, but this Yuko is definitely male.....

amyjames said...

Sounds interesting - I've just been reading Basho 'Narrow Road to the Deep North' and this book seems to make a perfect companion . . .

Er, speaking for the less linguistically gifted among us . . . it is available in English, right?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Amy
Sorry, I don't know whether there's an English translation....

amyjames said...

Curses! Foiled!

I'll have to check out the Amazon . . .

amyjames said...

Aha!

Crafty Green Poet said...

HI Amy - well done on finding it on Amazin! If you read it I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!