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by Irene Golas, MLS '83, & Ignatius Fay, PhD


Breccia is a collection of selected and new haiku and related Japanese poetic forms by the two authors. Just as haiku encapsulates the essence of the moment, Breccia preserves a series of such moments in the authors’ lives. And, like life itself, these moments document deeply emotional journeys – dreams won and lost, subtle humour and personal struggle. Refusing to shy away from even the most difficult aspects of life, Golas and Fay present a collection that runs the gamut of emotions. Some of their poetry is influenced by the geographical and cultural impacts of living in northern Ontario. Indeed, Breccia owes its title to the Sudbury Breccia, rock resulting from an ancient meteorite impact. This collection results from the intersection of two poetic orbits. The authors have integrated their poems into several extended sequences in which each poem suggests some relationship to the one preceding. The result is a unique new whole – a haiku breccia. Both authors have been published in many of the most respected print and online haiku journals, including Acorn, Eucalypt, Frogpond and The Heron’s Nest. Breccia may be purchased online at


This article appeared in the Spring 2013 edition of Alumni Gazette
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