The WESTERN HAIKU series of writings

Haiku are a very traditional form of poetry coming from Japan. Always comprising three lines and a fixed amount of syllables, five for the first line, seven for the second and five again for the third, Haiku were a challenge to write. Typical subjects included observations about animals, plants, insects and other aspects of nature. Modern writers soon discovered Haiku, usually keeping the three line format but ignoring the amount of syllables. This form of modern Haiku was dubbed Western Haiku by Jack Kerouac, who wrote many such pieces. Joseph B. Raimond also discovered the freedom of Western Haiku, considering them a sort of punk rock version of poetry: fast, to the point, aggressive and without a lot of fluff and clutter.

 

Artist: Joseph B. Raimond

Title: Laughing At Nudity (Western Haiku Vol. 1)

Label: Mirran Thought Format: Book Catalog #: Read Four (MT-375) Release Date: November 1st, 2011

The first in a series of little pocket books by Joseph B. Raimond featuring Western Haiku. One hundred and twenty pages of insight, philosophy, and sometimes even humour, all enclosed within three little lines! Written while traveling through Europe in 2008, these pieces can also be seen as a sort of travel diary of his experiences.

 

Artist: Joseph B. Raimond

Title: Eat Your Art Out (Western Haiku Vol. 2)

Label: Mirran Thought Format: Book Catalog #: Read Six (MT-554) Release Date: January 21st, 2012

The second in the series, right on the heels of the first. One hundred and ten pages this time, these were written in Fürth, Germany in the fall of 2008.

 

Artist: Joseph B. Raimond

Title: Sonically Speaking (Western Haiku Vol. 3)

Label: Mirran Thought Format: Book Catalog #: Read Seven (MT-566) Release Date: May 30th, 2013

The third in the series, and like the first, written in Fürth, Germany. One hundred and twenty pages, from 2008 and 2009.

 

Artist: Joseph B. Raimond

Title: A Kiss, Outlined (Western Haiku Vol. 4)

Label: Mirran Thought Format: Book Catalog #: Read Eight (MT-462) Release Date: February 1st, 2014

The fourth in the series, written at home in Germany in Darmstadt, Fürth and Nuernberg, as well as while traveling in Paris France, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Big Sur and San Diego California, Tecate Mexico, Dresden and Obertsdorf Germany, Breda Holland and Antwerpen Belgium. Written from January 2012 until September 2013. One hundred and forty-eight pages.

 

 

Artist: Joseph B. Raimond

Title: Life Cafe (Western Haiku Vol. 5)

Label: Mirran Thought Format: Book Catalog #: Read Nine (MT-577) Release Date: April 1st, 2014

Book number five in the series, written at home in Fuerth in Germany in 2009 and 2010, and reflecting a particularly dark time for the author. One hundred and twenty pages. Cover painted in New York City, 1985.

Artist: Joseph B. Raimond

Title: Blood Portraits (Western Haiku Vol. 6)

Label: Mirran Thought Format: Book Catalog #: Read Ten (MT-578) Release Date: August 1st, 2015

Book number six in the series, written at home in Fuerth in Germany in 2010 and 2011. Yet more dark haikus inspired by dark times and a very dark mood. One hundred and twenty pages. Cover from a series of self portraits painted in the blood of the author.

 

 

Artist: Joseph B. Raimond

Title: The Grateful Dad (Western Haiku Vol. 7)

Label: Mirran Thought Format: Book Catalog #: Read Twelve (MT-584) Release Date: August 7th, 2017

The fourth in the series, written at home in Germany in Darmstadt, Fürth and Nuernberg, as well as while traveling in Paris France, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Big Sur and San Diego California, Tecate Mexico, Dresden and Obertsdorf Germany, Breda Holland and Antwerpen Belgium. Written from January 2012 until September 2013. One hundred and forty-eight pages.

 

 

Artist: Joseph B. Raimond

Title: The Cunnilinguist (Western Haiku Vol. 8)

Label: Mirran Thought Format: Book Catalog #: Read Eighteen (MT-609) Release Date: July 1st, 2018

The eighth in the series, written while travelling extensively in Germany in Regensburg, Harz, Hamburg and Munich, as well as  in Adine, Sterzing and Florence Italy,  Basel Switzerland, Swinemünde Poland and Vienna Austria, in 2010 and 2011. One hundred and twenty four pages of humour, wit and gloom.