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Book of the Week: 70 Sevens

harr_70sevenscoverLorraine Ellis Harr , or Tombo (the japanese word meaning “dragonfly”), was one of the leading champions of haiku in English in the earliest days of the haiku movement. In addition to serving as founder and president of Western World Haiku Society, she was a prolific author. Many of her books were theme-based, as this one (Middlewood Press, 1986), which features 7 poems each on 70 topics.

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 Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.


Obscured by clouds— still sunflowers folllow the sun’s passage
The hawk’s cry— it cuts through the cold of autumn rain
between twinkle of stars and twinkle of fireflies all this darkness
Cicada’s cries— pushing beyond the edges of the stubble field
First wind of autumn— smile of the billboard girl peels down the sign
Moonless night; little glints of silver fish in the rolling waves

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