#Poetry #Bookreview – A Year in Contemplation Midnight Haiku by Sue Vincent

I ordered A Year in Contemplation Midnight Haiku by Sue Vincent as soon as it became available. Delivery to South Africa is not that quick, even by courier, and it took over a week to arrive. I started reading it immediately.

I do not like to read poetry books in one sitting as I find that the poems can blur and blend together if read to quickly and the distinctiveness of each poem is spoiled for me. I read this book over the course of four evenings. I had hoped to share my review of this book with Sue and let her know how much I loved it, but sadly that has not happened.

On Tuesday, I learned of Sue’s passing on Monday, 29 March. It was expected but still a terrible shock and have spent the past few days adjusting to the idea that Sue has moved on to a higher plane of existence. It is hardest for those left behind and I would like to extend my condolences to Stuart France and Sue’s two sons and grandchildren, as well as all of us in the blogging community who will miss her a great deal.

I decided the best way of paying tribute to Sue would be to share my reviews of her lovely books.

A Year in Contemplation Midnight Haiku

What Amazon says

Haiku is a Japanese poetry form that has become very popular over the past decades, taking on its own unique character under the rules for Haiku in English. a creative mind just seventeen syllables sharing a story The three hundred and sixty-five poems within this book collate a year’s journey in poetry through the seasons and the intermingled landscape of mind, body and spirit. The poems were originally published as “midnighthaiku” every night at the appropriate time, leaving, like Cinderella, a trace of a day’s passing and a glimmer of the day yet to come. Each poem can be read ‘on the surface’, but each has its own layers of meaning too, waiting to be discovered by those who turn their attention to the heart.

My review

Sue Vincent is well know for her poetry. Some is poignant and sad, some is humorous, some is incredibly beautiful, and all is emotional, insightful, and meaningful. Sue has mastered many forms of poetry, including freestyle, rhyming verse, tankas, and haikus.

Her haikus, only 17 syllables long, are among the most powerful of her many poems. This book is a collection of 365 days of haikus and loosely follows the seasons.

The best way of demonstrating the beauty and power of these haikus is by sharing a few of my favourites:

“earth captures heaven

holding stars in tender hands

that the blind may see”


“a flaming chalice

raising itself to the sun

accepting the light”


“beyond the roses

colouring a summer sky

a smiling god paints”


“defiant colour

sparking through the fading days

celebrating joys”


“memory’s pictures

neatly framed in timeless rolls

colouring the day”

These five haiku are the ones that moved me the most and I hope they have illustrated the magnificence of this beautiful book.

Purchase A Year in Contemplation Midnight Haiku

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67 thoughts on “#Poetry #Bookreview – A Year in Contemplation Midnight Haiku by Sue Vincent

  1. Robbie, a heartmoving post and like you I felt the shock of her passing keenly, although only having known her a bit through blogging. Her writing is always extraordinary and full of wisdom. It does indeed sound like this book is the pinnacle of her work. I’ve ordered it myself and awaiting delivery (though not so long as to South Africa). Your review captures the essence of her writing beautifully and I like all the haikus you’ve shared but floored with the wonderful :

    “a flaming chalice

    raising itself to the sun

    accepting the light”


    A special and emotional post, Robbie in honour of a very special lady. xx

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    1. Thank you, Annika. I liked that haiku very much too. They are all special, but I couldn’t think of very good words to describe her poetry so let my selected poems do the talking for me. It is funny how Sue seems to have left such a hole in my blogging life. It just feels so odd to think she isn’t there to email and won’t respond to my comments any more.

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  2. A great review of Sue´s collection of haikus and the perfect tribute. It is difficult for us to grasp that this amazing person is no longer with us in person. But she will always be with us through her wonderful words.

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  3. Because you are a poet, Robbie, I value your review of Sue’s poems. I’m noticing that you are featuring her work posthumously, emphasizing what a legacy Ms. Vincent has left. We all want to leave something life-changing behind when we leave this world.

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    1. Hi Marian, thank you for visiting. Sue Vincent has hugely talented as a poet, writer, blogger, and spiritualist. She has left behind a lovely legacy of words for us to continue to enjoy. I am already missing her a great deal.

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  4. Thanks, Robbie. A great homage to Sue, and I’m sure she’d love to know that we are enjoying her poems so much. They do bring colour and energy to our lives. Thanks for sharing those. ♥

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