What people are saying about Haiku Elvis:
A book of poetry is often judged by its relevance to its contemporary cultural or historical period. Equally important is its ability to engage the reader. Carlos Colón’s Haiku Elvis is both culturally relevant and inspiring — to sing, to dance, even to dash off a few haiku or a song.
Professor Emeritus of English
at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Associate Editor, Simply Haiku, 2004-2009
former Program Director of Radio Station WDIA
Haiku Elvis lives at the quirky extreme of East-meets-West…Japanese haiku as “Jail House Rock.” Its author, Carlos Colón, channels more than writes, and in the process answers a question that he alone in the universe has dared to ask: What if the King returned to this world as a haiku poet? The answer: hilarity.
David G. Lanoue
President, Haiku Society of America
Although the concept of haiku poems about Elvis seems hilariously funny, this collection is surprisingly poignant. We remember “The King” by his iconic photographs, his news headlines, and his catchy song hooks, and those imagistic moments lend themselves well to the form of haiku.
Louisiana Poet Laureate
These haiku and senyrū capture both the bigger-than-life personality of Elvis Presley and the pathos that was surely part of his storied life. Sometimes making us laugh, other times opening a window to what must have been moments of sorrow or loneliness, Carlos Colón has brought this great entertainer back to life, both on stage and off. It’s a great read!
co-author, The Haiku Handbook
Praise be. Elvis speaks to us again through Brother Carlos Colón. He has perfected the Heavenly Haiku, brethren and sistern, and has done the King proud.
Reverend Hieronymus Angel
WEVL FM Memphis, 1980-1982