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Astoria native publishes bilingual haiku collection

Published on May 25, 2017 12:01AM

Submitted photoKent Neal

Submitted photoKent Neal

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— Kent Neal, a 1998 graduate of Astoria High School who now lives in France, has published a full-length haiku collection, a work that captures the landscapes of Oregon and France.

Titled “Là où l’eau salée se mêle à l’eau douce” (“Where Saltwater Mixes With Freshwater”), the book is published by Red Moon Press in Winchester, Virginia.

Haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry, consist of three lines. The first and last lines contain five syllables; the middle has seven.

“By writing these eighty haiku, Kent Neal saw his childhood again and came close to moments that shaped his life,” Jean Antonini, co-president of the Francophone Association of Haiku said. “If writing a haiku is good preparation for writing a novel, as Roland Barthes pointed out, the reader will find many novels here. Not to mention many moments they will savor and identify with.”

“Where Saltwater Mixes With Freshwater” is available at redmoonpress.com.


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