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Book of the Week: Eight Shades of Blue

garrison_eightshadesofbluecoverDenis M. Garrison has made Modern English Tanka Press one of the best-known brands in haiku publishing, but he also has made innovative contributions to the genre in terms of form and content. In this book (2009) he supplies a quantity of haiku noir and crystallines, along with the theoretical underpinnings for them, as well as tanka, sequences, and more traditional poems.

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 Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.


bravely in the breeze wave these soft blue flags in shreds irises full-blown
on folded paper found in this volume of Blake— a single haiku
their promises are lies— there’s no one in the mirror again today
homeless no more— the soles of his shoes white with frost
On her letter is one last teardrop that marks the end and blurs her name.
Late winter sky, lonely miles from you. The spruce hills turn a darker blue.

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  1. I love the title of this book! That alone would be intriguing. The poety you included in this blog is so beautiful and tender. I look forward to reading more.

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