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Book of the Week: One Rock Out of Place


The first thing a haiku poet has to be is keenly observant. In One Rock Out of Place, our Book of the Week, Jay Friedenberg illustrates a talent for spotting the significant, resonant detail, and communicating it in a way that brings a scene or situation vividly to life with elevated meaning.

Zen Garden
one rock
out of place


public fountain —
at the bottom
mostly pennies


dark alleyway
a homeless man
on a homeless couch

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Afraid Zen has nothing to do with a rock out of place. Zen mind is awareness that’s all. Even awareness of a rock out of place, which practically speaking cannot exist in the Zen mind.

  2. i truly enjoyed this collection of work. honest, unpretentious and evocative


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