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Book of the Week – Behind the Tree Line edited by Gabriel Sawicki

Behind the Tree Line comprises of selected haiku from the Wild Plum – a haiku journal and the Wild Plum Haiku Contest 2015.

From Haikupedia: “The Wild Plum Haiku Contest was inaugurated in 2015 by Maria Tomczak and Gabriel Sawicki of Poland, editors of the online haiku journal Wild Plum. Although the journal ceased publication in 2017, the annual contest continued through 2020.

The contest dated from 2015 and was the inspiration of Polish haiku poets Maria Tomczak and Gabriel Sawicki. The annual online contest for haikai in English was based on the website of the haiku e-journal Wild Plum. Although the journal ceased publication in 2017, the contest continued for three more years.

The contest was open to all poets. There were no themes or regulations as to syllable count or type of haiku that would be considered. Senryu were acceptable, and haiku were not required to have a kigo (seasonal word).”

Behind the Tree Line was published in 2015.

Following are a few selected poems from the book:

your line in the sand
waves push in
the tide pulls out
cloudy hilltop –
the peacock unrobes
its kimono
embracing the boundless –
an empty boat
close to the moon
lingering memory
she reaches for
another onion
last light my shadow too gone

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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