By Mike Johnson
Welcome to the strange, hybrid world of Vertical Harp. These poems are the result of a remarkable collaboration between me and a 10th Century Chinese poet, Li He. Since the collection has its own introduction, there’s not much I can say here, except to commend Titus Books for the loving and sumptuous presentation of the poems. The book was very well received critically. I don’t normally go hankering after reviews, but this review in the prestigious Journal of Asian Studies by Sinologist Diana Bridge pleased me. Another review, in the quarterly New Zealand books, by Howard Duncan, also brought a happy blush to my cheek.