Ex-mortician and two time National Haiku Champion Janaka Stucky writes fifty-four poems of heartbreak, ritual, and resurrection. Stucky's verse has the power of the best East European poets-some of his poems seem to be perfect, magnificent, and instantly anthologizable. He is a forceful, cogent, incisive phrase-maker. -Bill Ktt The yearning in these poems is awash in dense, spiritual sexuality buffeted by time and the mishandling of promises and breakable bonds. -aptThe Truth Is We Are Perfect is fifty-four lyrics of a man who discovered love for his own destruction. It is a heartbreak that brings re-creation. Passion, vulnerability, and strength are revealed as Janaka Stucky journeys into thingness and, consequently, into awareness. His style of minimalism and occult sensibilities make for a different sense of word that manifests his inner change. Consider these lines from The Art of Loss is a Lost Art : Because I love a burning thing / I made my heart a field of fire . Simply said, Stucky sacrifices himself to become himself.
Janaka Stucky is the publisher of Black Ocean as well as the annual poetry journal, Handsome. He is the author of two chapbooks: Your Name Is The Only Freedom, and The World Will Deny It For You. His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Fence and North American Review, and his articles have been published by The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation. He is a two-time National Haiku Champion and in 2010 he was voted Boston's Best Poet in The Boston Phoenix.