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Book of the Week: Dreaming Sunlight



Our Book of the Week, Dreaming Sunlight by Margarita Engle (Feather Books, 2003), is a book of traditional haiku that in voice and image clearly reflect the author’s love of nature. They were composed during prayer walks in California, where this Cuban/American poet, novelist, teacher, botanist and professional agronomist lives with her husband and daughter.

crimson sunset
my husband filling his hat
with ripe tomatos


feathered sky
the angel wings
of clouds


April storm
from cloud to cloud
the great blue heron

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 sharing. This one is so beautiful…
    winter sky
    a storm of blackbirds

    1. Dear marion, Yes, this is a beautiful poem by Margarita. I learned of her poetry from tinywords, around the time that Dreaming Sunlight was published. Later I bought her 1983 mini-chapbook, SMOKETREE, from Brooks Books Haiku.

      Margarita Engle is now the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate.

      Best wishes, Ellen

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