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Book of the Week: Between the heart-beats

high_betweentheheartbeatsGraham High, painter and sculptor, can’t disguise his painterly eye in this, his first sizable collection (Ram Publications 2001) of haiku, including a 12-poem sequence, a rarity at the time.

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.


drip-dripping tap— water talks to the clock in its own language.
beached jellyfish, its desiccated print staining the ammonite.
among damp compost a bright yellow slug couples with orange peel.
over the river mist meandering, long and deep, slow as a river.
memorial bench— just me and a carved name under the beech tree.
sultry night— caterwauling moggies interrupt our row.

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  1. Thanks to Graham and the Haiku Foundation for presenting this refreshingly different voice in haiku. I feel the presence of a real person shaping these images and perceptions. For those who would like to read more of this poet, there are several more volumes of his work available in the Haiku Foundation Digital Library.

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