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Book of the Week: Alachua


Ken Leibman founded South by Southeast (then a newsletter) and was perhaps the most democratic editor Frogpond has ever seen. He was also a noted poet with a strong regional bent, as evidenced in this handsome chapbook from 1990 (druidoaks).

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.

winter pasture— flowers on a barren tree fly off as egrets
by the time I see the warbler it’s
sunflowers: one facing the other way
no breeze— the sound of caterpillars inside the tent
jettrail separating morning and evening
radio’s old song— driving to the harvest moon between pumpkin fields

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Alachua has long been one of my treasures. Ken’s book truly represents the man himself. I am deeply grateful to have know them both.

  2. My favorite from those above was the following:

    no breeze—
    the sound of caterpillars
    inside the tent

  3. Enjoyed this book very much. Winter pasture/flowers on a barren tree/fly off as egrets–we’ve all seen this, if we are lucky, how beautifully Liebman has put it into words.

  4. I enjoyed this book when it was first published, although I’m not sure I’d call it handsome. Rather, its plainness reflected the simplicity of what I believe was Leibman’s Quaker upbringing. Perhaps that simplicity is handsome to some? To see my review of this recommended book, a review that first appeared in Frogpond 14:1, Spring 1991, please see (complete with a more recent postscript).

  5. I enjoyed this post and Ken Leibman’s book – many poems I wish to reread. Here too we love the herons, see the gulls gather in the fields being plowed, and the sandhill cranes . . .

    Thank you as always.

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