A Life Well Wasted: In Seventeen Syllables

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A Life Well Wasted: In Seventeen Syllables

By: J. L. Gosizk


About the Book

A Life Well Wasted is a collection of haiku and senryu punctuated and contextualized by anecdotes and guided meditations that lead the reader through the experience.

The book comes as a direct result of author J. L. Gosizk’s personal meditative practice as he endeavored to engage more earnestly with Zen, process a series of devastating losses, and cope with the crushing weight of modern life.

If anything in the book could be called unique, it would certainly be the tone. A juxtaposing perspective. A sardonic eye trying to see life in a kinder light. From the conversational and occasionally lecture-like introductions, to the raw and heartfelt expressions of love and grief.

Read A Life Well Wasted and share in his laughs, tears, and closure.

About the Author

J. L. Gosizk is a proud and loving husband, a brother to two, and a cousin to too many. He is an avid reader and voracious music listener, and he has an expired plumber’s license and an expansive list of forklift certifications. And surely that counts for something. Right? When not wandering the parks of New Jersey, J. L. can often be found lamenting his apartment’s “no dogs” policy.


(2023, paperback, 206 pages)

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  • 5
    A Life Well Waisted

    Posted by Jacqueline on Oct 29th 2023

    What can I say, this was a great book! Truthful. Real. Relatable.Well thought out, and beautifully executed. It challenged me to take a look at my own life and work through some of my own unresolved tramas.A life Well Waisted is poetic and deep, as it touches on family,grief, work, marriage, and just the beautiy of the everyday surroundings in the home town of the author. The Haiku format made it an easy read. I highly recommend this book. I am truly excited to see what the author does next.I will definitely be buying any future books written from J.L. Gosizk!

  • 5
    My Review

    Posted by Janice Carr on Oct 29th 2023

    This book is engrossing. He discusses every day human emotions. It's authentic and truthfully dramatic. It was hard to put it down.

  • 5
    A Life Well Wasted

    Posted by Cheryl on Oct 26th 2023

    Beautifully written the authors view of nature and surroundings put me in the place he was at and I surrounded by the vivid images he created with his words

  • 5
    Very good book

    Posted by Unknown on Sep 19th 2023

    Beautiful poems. Some funny, some sad, but most of them are very relatable to how a lot of people feel in their daily lives. I enjoyed this book a lot.

  • 5
    Insightful and Introspective

    Posted by Connie Bienkowski on Aug 19th 2023

    A Life Well Wasted provides an insightful look in the author's journey within life's beauty and crudity through mediation practices and Haiku. It feels that the author is talking directly to the reader as you follow along with the meditation guidance to prepare for the mindset of each Haiku theme. The poetry focuses on the gloriousness and downfalls of nature and humanity; as well as revelations of the grieving process and losses that we all experience at some point in life. A Life Well Wasted encourages and challenges the reader to dive deep within themselves for greater understanding and connection. This book inspires deeper introspection of oneself which is what we all need at multiple points in our lives.