My haiku series of verse, ‘Reflections’, is available on Amazon books. Simply go Poetry, Haiku, or write RC Clermont. They are available in paperback and Kindle. Thank you for reading this post. More description below.
In Reflections, RC Clermont uses the ‘English’ 17-syllable haiku form.
In an age of too much information, Reflections deploys the 5-7-5 format to achieve brevity.
Traditionally, haiku focuses on themes such as nature and the seasons. In this collection of fifty 17 -sound haiku verses, RC Clermont has departed from this rule.
Reflections comments on themes such as family dysfunction, particularly the consequences of relations’ attempts to dominate their ‘blood’.
Other themes explored are: love and friendship, economic malaise and inequality, as well as the crass, crude, materialism of suburban England. Reflections also takes a swipe at capitalism, the shallowness riches, and how money does not make people more respectable.
Reflections also takes a more critical view of the green lawns and fairways of Middle England, and the bigotry and hypocrisy therein, as well as the hell that is the England football supporter. The English abroad are also observed at their worst. Reflections also delivers a critique on the stark reality of global politics and so-called democracy.
Reflections is part of a series, and the first collection of poems is now available in traditional book format for the first time and is also available through Amazon.
In Reflections 2, RC Clermont explores further themes visited in Reflections – the first anthology-such as family dysfunction economic malaise, the gross inequalities of the neo-liberal model and the post-Thatcher economic legacy in Britain which still exist today(Economics II). The vulgar materialism of suburban England (Moonscape II) and consumption are exposed for the worthlessness they are (Wasteland II).
New themes explored include the destructive economic, geopolitical and social climate of modern America (Atlantic). Jerusalem critiques the darker side of Englishness, xenophobia and the sense of ‘entitlement’ to possess one’s own little piece of England.
Commuting reflects on topics that anyone who has ever commuted into a city to work, and wondered whether their way of life is worthwhile.Tangibility sees culture, art, literature and learning as a signs of a civilised, enlightened society, increasingly under threat from the forces of consumerism, global capitalism and religion.
Society II comments on the social vanity of the London rich. The Sporting Life II explores themes of bigotry and misguided assertions about sporting prowess. Once again, in Home and Abroad II, embarrassing Britons are targeted. The vanity and the lifestyles of the rich are re-visited in Images II. Proverbs II explores attitudes to success.
In Reflections 3, RC Clermont draws these haiku verses not from the Elements, Nature, or the Seasons in the ‘traditional’way, but from modern life, how we are all living a lie. The themes follow those in Reflections 1 and 2, including: global capitalism, economic, inequality, neo-liberalism, suburban greed, materialism and pretension, the English obsession with home-ownership, the pressure to conform, the importance of culture, literature and art instead of consumerism, commuting to a job one hates for poor pay, the toxicity of family life, love and friendship, the myths of sporting prowess and the golf and tennis ‘culture’ of Middle England.
Reflections 4 is the fourth collection of haiku 5-7-5 verses in the Reflections series.
Reflections 4 fires further acerbic shots in some themes already explored in Reflections 1, 2 and 3, as well as new subjects such as: vulgar displays of ‘new’ wealth (Wasteland III), economic malaise and inequality (Economics IV), the supremacy of the right in UK politics and its harsh socio-economic consequences (Politics) , the poison that exits within families, or various members therein (Blood IV), the importance of culture and the futility of conforming to other people’s expectations rather than following one’s own path (Tangibility III), the lack of due process in an increasingly insecure world (Law and Justice), the savagery of English holidaymakers abroad (Home and Abroad III), love, loss and friendship (Friends, Lovers and Other Relationships IV), the life-and mind destroying daily ritual of commuting to work, especially by train from a far suburb into the Capital (Commuting III), the reality of sport for most people is the mediocrity of being a pub-going spectator (The Sporting Life IV), the myths and the fraud of the health and fitness industry (Health and Well-Being II), and the bigotry, fakery and fraud that is religion (Religion and Spirituality).
Contains very strong language