Proceeds from Beyond Haiku will go to the Allied Pilots Association Emergency Relief and Scholarship Fund, to provide support for pilots impacted by industry effects of COVID-19.
Beyond Haiku peeks through the cockpit door to reveal the poetic heart of airline pilots. Captain Linda Pauwels, instructor pilot on the Boeing 787 and former aviation columnist for the Orange County Register, presents a selection of haiku and short poems by men and women who fly airplanes for a living. The writing is niche and empathetic. The humor is characteristically wry, befitting the pilot persona. Beautiful illustrations, by children of pilots aged 6 to 17, bring this flight of fancy in for a smooth landing. Proceeds from Beyond Haiku will go to the Allied Pilots Association Emergency Relief and Scholarship Fund, to provide support for pilots impacted by industry effects of COVID-19. Proceeds will continue to be donated to the Fund for both general emergency relief and scholarships as the aviation industry recovers beyond the pandemic.
“The pilot as poet? Let’s face it, aviators aren’t known for their skills when it comes to verse. Which is what makes this collection such a pleasant, unexpectedly lyrical surprise.”
– Patrick Smith, Bestselling author of Cockpit Confidential
“In this collection you’ll find wit, grit, soul and heart. You’ll live fire and ice and the pain of leaving; the marshalling of strength and the lament of loss; shiny newness and numbing familiarity. And it’s not so much about flying as it is in itself flight, poetic flight. Sit down, strap in, and enjoy the ride.”
– Chris Manno, PhD, Rhetoric and Literature; Adjunct Professor, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX. American Airlines Captain- retired.
“Beyond Haiku is a quick, insightful read containing 51 haikus, 20 short poems and seven pieces of philosophical prose. It eloquently describes how pilots are a rare breed that live at the edge of so many continuums: speed, altitude, time, distance, danger, performance, proficiency and emotion.
Pilots are away from their family for long durations so please pay special attention to their children’s artwork. Like haikus, their simplistic art style deeply expresses innocent heartfelt messages.”
– Helmut H. Reda, Editor, Because I Fly, the world’s largest collection of aviation poetry
“From the vivid image of a bird in flight to a father longing to see his kids, each poem takes you into the heart and minds of those good folks who’ve dedicated their careers to getting passengers safely from one place to another.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s ever traveled through the air, whether you’re up front at the controls or buckled into your seatbelt in back on your way from here to there.”
– Kathleen M. Rodgers, Aviation poet and author of the new novel, The Flying Cutterbucks
“Delightful in their variety, spare in their presentation, yet full of underlying meaning, these poems will expand non-flying readers’ ordinary conceptions about flight and share meaningful experiences with other flyers.”
– Sharon Darrow, Author, Poet,Teacher, Worlds within Words: Writing and The Writing Life
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Copyright. © 2021. Linda Pauwels