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Book of the Week: Beyond the Paper Lanterns

childs_beyondthepaperlanternscoverCyril Childs combines vignette, haibun, haiku and longer poems in this moving memoir about his wife Vivienne’s ultimately unsuccessful bout with cancer (Paper Lantern Press, 2000), which remains fresh today as it was 15 years ago.

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, and are used with permission.


her hands — folding and refolding a table napkin
her breast where the lump came out — crescent moon
stormy August — the first camellia faces the wall
good to see you he says turning his head away
amidst mountains — she pauses to admire violets
finding a beach pebble in my suitcase — cries of the peewits

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. A wonderful book that I stumbled upon a while back in the digital library. Very glad to see it get a larger audience.

  2. Wonderful book and great to see it here. I loaned my copy and it never came back, so fantastic to read it again. The production and content are excellent and I’m thankful I met Cyril in person. This is a fitting tribute to his writing skills and compassion.

  3. such a moving collection, just reading it brought tears to my eyes. thank you for this.

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