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The Scare Crow

The Scare Crow, A Collection of Haiku and Senryu, edited and compiled by Leroy kanterman, is our Book of the Week. Leroy’s selection includes works from the old masters, as well as by contemporary English language haiku poets, and shows the range and diversity of treatments possible for a single, defined subject when approached through the haiku lens. A special introduction to scarecrows as practical objects, and as objects of art, by John Stevenson rounds out the contents of this 1999 themed collection from Red Moon Press.
At the end of the book, you can read Ruth Latta’s essay “Farewell to the Scarecrow”, a plea that this venerable poetic symbol be retired, with honour, from the field of modern poetry.

a scream
in the scarecrow’s mouth
of winter wind
–William K. Ramsey


the full moon
the scarecrow stands


spring storm
the scarecrow’s hat
off with the birds
–Ernest J. Berry


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 5 Comments

  1. I always enjoy scarecrow haiku!

    pastoral symphony
    a scarecrow’s arms
    conduct the wind

  2. Thank you for posting this. All the riches of the scarecrow, to be savored.

  3. .
    fleeting rain
    the scarecrow leans back
    against his gatepost
    Alan Summers
    Mainichi Shimbun (April 2015, Japan)

    green clouds
    the scarecrow worries
    a loose thread
    Alan Summers
    Asahi Shimbun (Japan 2012)
    a scarecrow’s journey
    even the leaves become
    butterfly dreams
    Alan Summers
    Scope (Fellowship of Australian Writers, Queensland journal July 2015 vol. 61 no. 6)

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