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Book of the Week: And A White Butterfly



Norman Barraclough was one of the few, perhaps the only haiku poet ever to die on a haiku nature walk, when a massive heart attack took his life. Fortunately for us, he lives on in the two books of haiku he published during his all too brief acquaintance with the genre. His haiku are notable for the poet’s gentle connection to the natural world, and his extraordinary powers of imaginative observation. Our Book of the Week is his second volume, published in 1999, And A White Butterfly.


a cloud
of wild flowers quivering
as one


on the moor
wind-chased ripples run
into still water


rustle of blown leaves
scattering –
crinkle of map
being unfolded




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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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  1. Nice choices. Poetic and evocative without being twee, a trap so many fall into when writing in this form.

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