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Book of the Week: Butterfly Breezes

rotella_butterflybreezescoverAlexis Rotella subtitles this self-published work “a one-time anthology,” and so it is: a collection of butterfly poems from nearly all the top haiku poets of the day (1981). You’ll find boldman, Harr, Kenny, Lamb, LeCount, Romano and Roseliep here, along with Rotella, so for my sampling I’ve selected poems from some of those poets who have not remained quite so much before the public’s eye. What a way to close the year, with butterflies . . .

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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.


end of autumn— an old monk recites Latin to a cabbage moth —Anthony R. Mendenhall
tiger swallowtails in arabesque frenzy; I think of Matisse —Frederick Gasser
near the seashore a boy with a butterfly net catching the wind . . . —Geri Barton
Green grass with silent spaces of butterflies —Kay Langdon
She hangs out the wash— briefly lighting up her face, passing butterfly —Carrow DeVries
whiteness . . . butterfly’s worth leaves the peony —Zolo

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