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Book of the Week: cottage haiku


Bill Wyatt is one of the best-known British haiku poets, particularly identified with this sort of “just-so” poem that reflects his long association with Zen.

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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.

A lizard scurries out of the November night— global warming
The summer moon— not even a speck of dust to disturb the night
In the depths of night taking a leak—snails crunching beneath my bare feet
Sky can't cover it earth can't hold it—sound of a bell leaving a bell
From the land rover the herdsman counting his cows early summer rain
Now motherless I forgot to buy daffodils on mothers day
The midst of summer alone I do as I please clouds my neighbours

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  1. Sky can’t cover it
    earth can’t hold it— sound of a bell
    leaving a bell

    ~ Bill Wyatt
    This one is a pleasure to read again and again.

    And Issa would surely admire his ” In the depths of night” haiku.

    Thank you, Mr. Wyatt.

  2. In just a few words, Bill Wyatt conjures up a whole complex experience. His haiku are profound and gentle; the words drop like pearls from his pen. Bill has a unique style. Everybody should have the privilege of reading them.

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