Michael John Phillips is one of the most enigmatic poets ever to adopt haiku as his main mode of expression. Throughout his series of half a dozen haiku chapbooks he alighted upon a single theme—female beauty, in its many manifestations—and explored it, sometimes with monotony, sometimes with flair, often with humor, but utterly unlike anyone else ever has.
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.
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