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Book of the Week: Breaths

Joshua Gage’s first published haiku collection, Breaths, from 2008, is our Book of the Week. Whether they reflect his experience as a worker, city dweller, lover, family man, or poet, Gage’s haiku find the mark frequently enough to merit rereading. He softens the edges of his realistic observations with a Stoical humour and a compassion that lead us gently into reliving with him insightful moments in his many lives.


sticky night
I peel the label
off my Budweiser

snow falls
through the candles’ reflection

rain beneath the moon
her son asleep
breathes into my chest


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 THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission.

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  1. Thank you for the opportunity to read this. As with all it is nice to see the different styles and interpretation of haiku.
    This one for me is another reflection of when my daughter was young.
    snow, again
    her shirt barely touches
    the top of her jean

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