Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution

Cover of Haiku4U by Gilmore Tamny

Join us for a monthly book club featuring titles from Small Press Distribution. Pick up a free copy of our June book at the May Book Club meeting, or at the Main Library Reference desk starting on May 30 while supplies last.




Poetry. Art. Gilmore Tamny has done no less than reinvent the haiku form for contemporary readers in HAIKU4U. Irreverent, reverent, whimsical, philosophical, and short, these poems are not just for people who like poetry, nor for people who avoid poetry. They are, dear reader, for YOU.

"In these apocalyptic end-times, I recommend reading twenty of Ms. Tamny's haikus every day to remind yourself that humankind is still, in certain rare instances, redeemable. May god bless her!"—Daniel Clowes

"Frequently stepping into her own scenes to interject camp commentary as a kind of arch, gently self-deprecating presence, she has developed a way to simultaneously celebrate and satirize the conventions of the haiku form itself, drawing attention to what we expect of it, while in the process making something that feels fresh and new."—Trace Peterson

"Gilmore Tamny has taken haiku by the horns and pulled it into the 21st century. She populates her 17-syllable masterpieces with Fritos, pit bulls, punk rock, baklava, chicken parm subs, and Usain Bolt. HAIKU4U is a poetic manual that reminds us that honesty, clarity, and humor are the keys to embracing the minute particulars of daily life."—Todd Colby

"Whether you're wearing your new squirrel dress or your carapace, Gilmore Tamny's tiny, multi-faceted poems will delight you."—Jessy Randall

"Gilmore Tamny brings her vast experience being a rock star to bare with this ancient, and beautiful form. And what emerges is perfect, like infinite taco emojis."—Jim Behrle

Gilmore Tamny is a writer, musician, and artist living in Somerville, MA. Her poems, stories, essays, interviews, and artwork have appeared both online and in print. She regularly produces zines. She plays with the band Weather Weapon as well as is spokesmodel for The Mystery, which by way of loop pedal, guitar, poetry, and cheap theatrics, simultaneously provides both entertainment and an invocation to eternity. She is a committed artiste, feminist, rawk fan, old master painting fangirl, audio book junkie as well as enthusiastic Girls Rock Camp Boston volunteer.


Our Book Club moderator, Nirvana Shahriar is a senior undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. A lover of language and literature, she studies English and Linguistics. Her love for language, and interest in both the written and spoken word has led her to facilitate classes at UC Berkeley that are structured around literature, like book clubs. Experienced in facilitating and leading discussion, Nirvana is looking forward to more literary reads with new folks and faces.



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