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Book of the Week: Eyes of the Blossoms


Kristen Deming learned haiku from the source–in Japan while her husband Rust was Chargé d’Affaires there in the late 1990s. This small, beautiful booklet was one result of that first contact with the genre, brought about in part through the ministrations of Yatsuko Ishihara, who has had much further influence, in his quiet way, on the development of haiku here.

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.

first dream of the year— pulling the bow back strongly the arrow is released
for an instant eyes of the blossoms open fully close again in the wind
torches crackling the cormorant boats set off pushing darkness
fog quenching the red forest
autumn deepening— the voices of insects polish the moon
snowbound on our anniversary— stirring the embers

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