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Book of the Week: Emblems of Arachne

ford_arachnecoverCharles Henri Ford has written some of the strangest—and yet most compelling—haiku in the language. His occupation is not with haiku sensibility, however received, but with his own full-blown sense of the dramatic, couched in a awareness of the classical themes. The results are unlike anything else (Catchword Papers, 1986).

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.


Large head on the Crocodile’s neck. Un- Mitigated reality.
Mirrors without Mirrors. They won’t go any Further than you take them.
The sorer the joints, The tighter the will. Are all These my yellow leaves?
You after you after You on the streets. Compelling Sparks of attention.
A realization of Fantasy, yes. This Little piece of child.
In struggling to get On its feet the dung beetle Knows what it’s doing.

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