New Book Explores Phases of Love, Relationships Through Illustrated Poetry

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Nyuka Anaïs Laurent combines visual arts, haïku in 'Anaïku'

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Combining haïku in a nonstandard, four-line format and abstract “happenstance” illustrations, Nyuka Anaïs Laurent explores the phases of romantic relationships in her collection entitled “Anaïku” (published by Trafford Publishing).

In “Anaïku,” Laurent shares an original collection of haïku poems that deviates from the classic haïku format with its four lines. The center of each set of two facing pages presents the author’s black and white ink drawings, which readers can interpret freely.

According to Laurent, her illustrated poetry book attempts to lay bare a change in mentality concerning love, marriage and divorce. The author hopes to provide readers a reason to delve into understanding relationships and to promote acceptance of the self and one’s different roles.

“Anaïku” is grounded in Laurent’s learning process from an idyllic love that fell apart 15 years later. “The process was long and difficult, both emotional and psychological. I wish to share the various steps the relationship endured,” the author adds.

By Nyuka Anaïs Laurent
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 94 pages | ISBN 9781490736112
E-Book | 94 pages | ISBN 9781490736129
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Nyuka Anaïs Laurent is a visual artist and a published writer of poetry and short stories. She has been published in numerous collections and received several awards including Who’s Who among professionals, Woman of the Year in Madison’s Who’s Who and Who’s Who among Poets. Presently, she spends her time working on Ekphrasis, a combination of the visual arts and haïku poetry. Laurent has previously published a poetry book entitled “Pleasure Boat” which consists of suggestive, sensual poems illustrated by linoleum engravings.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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