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Book of the Week: Back Roads With A White Cane

hazen_backroadscoverElizabeth Hazen’s haiku is strongly conditioned by the fact that in the 1990s she totally lost her sight, regaining only some portion of it a few years later. As a consequence, she is more deeply aware than most of the fusion of the senses, and of how visual a species we are. This chapbook won the Virgil Hutton Haiku Memorial Award Chapbook Contest (Saki Press, 2002).

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.


steady drip a bucket’s tone rising with the sap
flitting shade: the silence of a large bird passes over
a different song— mosquito feet landing palm to palm
a daytime owl answers to itself falling acorns
press of cattle creaking in the pasture gate a scent of cider
hard frost no sound of wind between the pines

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  1. We are going to Germany this summer and this book will be traveling with us. It’s beautifully illustrated and chock full of interesting information. Back Roads of Germany tells me all I want to know about self drive holidays in Germany.

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