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Book of the Week: Against the Linoleum

 

 

Today’s Book of the Week, Against the Linoleum, hand-printed by the author, Gary Hotham, and published in 1979 by Yiqralo Press, is one of the classics of 20th century American haiku. Hotham is a master of haiku spareness and simplicity, and adept at bringing everyday images to life with resonant juxtapositions.

 

unattached
to the sky
autumn clouds

loud wind
the bed unmade
all day

every way
the wind blows
chrysanthemums

 

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission.

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