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Book of the Week – abandoned outport by Nick Avis


According to a review by Richard Bodner, which appeared in frogpond, Volume VIII, Number 4, November 1985: “Nick Avis’ abandoned outport is an evocative adventure, as wonderfully alive as an abandoned fishing-village or a sky filled with seabirds. The poems are subtle and suggestive, views muted with mist, yet are also charged with dramatic surprise. They express the traditional virtues of wabi, sabi, yugen and the like, while daring the experimental frontiers.

These poems take risks, test the limits of the form and transcend fictive barriers projected by the mind, without abandoning haiku roots – so long as those roots are defined by attitude and process rather than external formal characteristics.”

Following are a few selected poems from the book:

abandoned outport
sailing into the harbour
a wisp of spring mist

on the hill
where the nets were dried
grasses wet with dew

the village graveyard
one by one the headstones lost
in the ocean mist

sun behind the hills
the fisherman ships his oars
and drifts into shore

out into the bay
following the ice-breaker
a trail of blue sky

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite poem from the book with us.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2018 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 the THF Digital Librarian Kenneth Pearson and are used with permission.

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