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Book of the Week: Coasting Through the Puddles



Today’s Book of the Week, Coasting Through the Puddles, is a collection of haiku about childhood by Robert Major. It won a Virgil Hutton Haiku Chapbook Contest Winner for 2001-2002. Major had a rare ability to  write haiku that consistently evoke scenes that take us back to our own childhood and remind us over and over again of the wonder, tenderness, simplicity and enjoyment of that time of life.


Atop the seawall
children wave at their shadows . . .
the shadows wave back
As the freight passes
child and the engineer wave —
each wending homeward
The boys pitch their tent
ten steps from the kitchen door . . .
first time camping out

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.


This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. I enjoyed this touching tribute to childhood joys, but saddened to learn that the author has passed away.

  2. Inspiring. I see he was living in my state—but did not know him, as he must have passed away. I wish I had met him. His book is a beautiful sentiment of childhood.

  3. He’s a favourite of mine, and as he was a Quaker, I took a chapbook of his to the residential course I run at a Quaker’s Retreat.
    Wonderful poet.

    1. I’d echo that, Alan, these are wonderful poems and I’m pleased to have read them for the first time (and certainly not the last)

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