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Book of the Week: A Motley Sangha


Stanford M. Forrester’s bottle rockets press has put out several themed anthologies. This one (2005) features an all-star cast and is one of the strongest efforts.

All haiku in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.

moon viewing... i share my haiku with all the lunatics Stanford M. Forrester
Zen retreat- i awaken with a cup of coffee Stanford M. Forrester
turning the earth . . . an inch worm dangling overhead Raffael de Gruttola
Zapotec guide each figure drawn in sand disappears with the wind Raffael de Gruttola
the mountain behind the monastery . . . just sitting George Dorsty
even uncared for the rose puts forth another bloom George Dorsty
morning sitting- so many notes in the cardinal's song George Dorsty
bull thistle- Yes, I notice you George Dorsty
temple ruins... pieces of a buddha still praying Stanford M. Forrester
midnight say the prayer take the pill Larry Kimmel
she's been here and gone-the gift of her perfume Larry Kimmel
looking down at the valley-I loaf and let my mind billow Larry Kimmel
rolling a spruce needle between thumb and finger harvesting the scent Larry Kimmel
Ah lightning when you were a firefly & i was a boy! vincent tripi
"it's great to be alive!" how to say this to the scarecrow? vincent tripi
monastery bell the curled cat opens its eyes closes them again Jerry Kilbride
fog . . . just the tree and I at the bus stop Jerry Kilbride
small box from japan the smile of a clay buddha through the packing straw Jerry Kilbride
end of a long day the old bartender's feet take the floorboards home Jerry Kilbride
waiting for me to give it life- my death poem Karma Tenzing Wangchuk
snail shell . . . the way in . . . the way out Karma Tenzing Wangchuk
Valentine's Day- a sparrow is my sweetheart Karma Tenzing Wangchuk
monastery cell- a blue window opens to sea and sky Karma Tenzing Wangchuk

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  1. What a great find. I hope there are still copies available. These poets are top-notch. Thanks. I’ve been enjoying this Book of the Week thing. Good idea.

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