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Book of the Week: Anti-War Haiku


Mike Chasty’s thematic chapbook (self-published, 2006) embraces a topic that concerns us all, and that hasn’t become less pressing since he essayed it. It would be interesting to test his hypothesis (back cover) but we’ve never known a moment that might act as a control.

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.

March—the war is on As though from sitcom to sitcom Pilot banks and drops a bomb
A war jet streaks by Vultures for the bodies with their dreams pure
Self-satisfied Commanders daintily name The operation
In the cuirass of A shining blue bottle— Dead soldier’s grin
As peacekeeping Recedes How the ground reddens!
What poppies grow In a cratered land Where cemeteries shine
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