William Wantling -- Heroin Haikus
With reproductions of the original drawings by Ben Tibbs, including his iconic front cover design. Heroin Haikus was first published as a very small format pouch-book with Spero magazine in 1966, then briefly available as part of Tangerine Press's Sick Fly Series in 2014. At last, Wantling's miniature masterpiece is available to a wider audience.
Ten poem sequence on getting high, getting busted, cold turkey and jail. Still powerful, still relevant!
General information: 4"/100mm wide x 150mm/6" tall. 20pp. Recycled 350gsm Storm Grey stiff card covers; front cover design in black and red ink. Text block b&w throughout printed on 100% recycled, acid-free text paper. Saddle stitched. 978-1910691-18-2 £5.00
First print run of 1000 copies.
"(Heroin Haikus) is evocative and moving, and well illustrated by Ben Tibbs."
John Willetts, Times Literary Supplement
"As the form requires, the author conveys much in just a few sparse phrases. There is the desire of the addict, the disdain of the law enforcers, and regret. This regret is a yearning – for what has been lost, and for the next fix. Whatever one’s views on drugs may be, this is a powerful window into the mind of an habitual user. It makes for thought-provoking reading."
"Ten succinct pauses, seventeen syllables, maybe a word game to relieve the boredom and diminish the pain of being trapped, coping with life inside. These haikus of broken rules say so much."
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NB copies will also be made available to selected prisons across the UK. This has been a very long term plan for Tangerine, who over the years has been in negotiations with (and turned down by!) numerous government ministers and charitable organisations. Watch this space for further information.
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