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Book of the Week: Clouds Empty Themselves

bakerWinona Baker, a native of British Columbia, celebrated Vancouver Island in all her work, and never more convincingly than in this brief chapbook, subtitled “Island Haiku” and produced by her own Red Cedar Press (1987).

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 president THF president Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.


skinny young men grouped around the car’s raised hood spring
gone the summer rain water-coloured rainbow remnants in the sky
a fine September even yellow jackets drunk on late blackberries

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  1. Thank you – It was interesting to read Winona Baker’s book, especially her poems about the weather and seasons (since I live further north, though not in Canada). The verse from Ecclesiastes about the clouds and rain was nice to read. Her gentle invitation to readers to write a haiku at the conclusion of her book is lovely. She provides space and encourages readers to discover the form for their poems, and to note their own moments of awareness.

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    A good example of how THF Digital Library could be used in haiku lessons.

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