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Book of the Week: A Raindrop, A Flowing River: Haiku and Photography by Ernest J. Berry and Graeme Matthews

Ernest J. Berry was born in 1929 in Christchurch, New Zealand. After a decade of shepherding, he spent several years in business before retiring to a beach in Mexico where he rediscovered his boyhood love of poetry. Graeme Matthews specializes in photographing scenery, especially the scenery of New Zealand and has published more than 14 photographic books.

By combining the evocative poetry of haiku writing with photographs, this book seeks to take the reader ‘inside’ the photograph, to “understand the rustling of the leaves.”

Ernest J. Berry
Ernest J. Berry

sandstone rock
again and again and again
the sea makes sand

almost night
the grasses dance
to different light

ocean wind
that sharp smell
of flowing seaweed

piercing light
the silence
of a cormorant

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

Do you have a chapbook published in 2015 or earlier that you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details. Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Dan Campbell and are used with permission.

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  1. These photographs and the poems inspired are breathtaking. Thank you to the poet, the photographer, and the library for bringing us this masterful work.

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