Zaro Weil is like a child in a candy shop of our planet. Cherry Moon is like an outpouring of her joy and interaction with the natural world, a celebration of life. Therefore we exalt in the ‘crayon- box wildflowers’ that ‘hurtle and tumble/ skimble-skamble/ harum-skarum/ helter-skelter’– After the Purple Rains. Then we wonder upon ‘This Tiny Bean’ which has ‘sprung from a bean flower’ This bean is ‘never in a million years/ just any old/ bean’ for it has been ‘sought‘ by ‘weightless butterflies’ and ‘generations of insects‘.
There is advice offered to readers, for example upon ‘How to Get Lost‘ that we should ‘dive into the notes of [our] favourite song’// ‘hitch a ride on anything exploring anywhere’. Even something as solitary and passive as a rock is reckoned with as in ‘Don’t Be Bored Rock‘, for ‘once you were orange fire/ thundering down some/ mountain slope/ or hurtling silver sleek/ through deep sky’.
Cherry Moon is so generous, not only in the wealth of wonderful poems, but in the depth of its celebration. Furthermore Junli Song’s prints elevate each poem; they capture each theme and feeling perfectly in their decoration.
We travel through seasons, time, bird, beast and nature, landscapes, styles and feelings. I’m reminded of William Carlos Williams, for example in Plum Tree, which we visit through the seasons. In winter it’s reminded that if we ‘wait a little while/ juicy things will fall into [my] mouth/ like sweet snow’.
Finally, haiku is used wonderfully throughout this book. Every poem captures the essence of its subject succinctly and confidently.
Cherry Moon is a bold, bounteous and bursting book of poems. Bookwagonloves it and recommends it thoroughly to all readers, writers and poetry lovers.