Book Review

Hummingbird Tattoo: Erotic Haiku


Author, Ellery Littleton McGee


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Review by Carol Katz:

Ellery Littleton's erotic haiku will take you to places further and deeper down and in than even undone buttons.  However, because Littleton takes his time to see and feel, every line you'll read in this finely made, loving and fun book, is indeed, like a button being undone.

Here's what I say: Why not have such pleasure last?  We are, generally speaking, so bereft of pleasure in our culture, missing the delights of eros and a deep sexual connection to our bodies-these haiku are a way to replenish your body memory and ignite the best of our human passion for one another.

Hummingbird has been nominated for an award from The Haiku Foundation — “Touchstone Distinguished Book Award” — by Jim Kacian, the proprietor of Red Moon Press, the largest publisher of haiku and other Japanese poetic forms in North America.

Ellery Littleton lives in Victoria, BC, Canada.  Way out on the west coast (or “left coast” as it is sometimes called), on the edge of the Pacific, on the edge of the rainforest, on the edge of the new awareness — where a synthesis of North American and Asian influences takes place.  Maybe that's why so much of Ellery's writing is infused with Asian influences. Trained as a teacher, majoring in English and History, Ellery taught high school in British Columbia for ten years, and History at the University of Victoria for two years.

In 1975, he began writing full-time as a profession, and in that year became the first staff writer for Victoria's popular Monday Magazine.  In a long career as a professional writer, Ellery has moved from writing for advertising agencies, magazines and newspapers, to working in the communication departments of government ministries and crown corporations, to freelancing all over the west coast for a host of clients, large and small. He is also the author of Riverwalk and Old Rocks, New Streams.



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