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Book of the Week – Amongst the Graffiti by Janice Bostok

In the forward by William J. Higginson, he states, “Jan Bostok has been the spirit of haiku and senryu in English in the southern hemisphere for over thirty years. Since I have known and admired Jan’s efforts almost from their beginnings, I thought I knew something of her work. However, this omnibus collection brings to light more than I knew, by far, and I rejoice to have it now before me. With publication of Amongst the Graffiti, Jan takes her place among the truly outstanding creators of world haiku.”

Amongst the Graffiti was published by Post Pressed in 2003.

Following are a few selected poems from the book:

she rests a while
on a fallen tree
fingering the moss

from my
the earth drops away
into mist

believing not believing
they light candles in Romania

tree outside
moving in the stillness
of my room

graffiti tag
someone i knew
a long time ago

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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  1. A remarkable poet, such beautiful poems, I will treasure this book. Thank you for featuring Janice Bostock, one of the greats.

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