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Book of the Week: Face of the Snail: A Collection of Haiku by American Poet Jimi Bernath

A bio on Mad Blood states that Jimi Bernath is a poet and essayist in Colorado and has been part of the Denver poetry scene since the early ’70s, notably as one of the organizers of The Society for the Advancement of Poetics.

dark clouds
but again no rain
somehow tickles the crows

careless raindrop
determined rivulet
invincible ocean

red library bag
what new worlds
am i carrying home?

seeds blow down the street
how will they ever find
a place to grow?

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite poem from the book with us.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2016 or earlier that you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details. Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Dan Campbell and are used with permission.

Jimi Bernath

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Thank you Dan. Interesting one, having its own style.
    My favourite;
    red library bag
    what new worlds
    am i carrying home?

  2. before you sleep
    how you glow!
    -Jimi Bernath

    Thank you for offering this lovely book Dan. I so enjoy reading your selected highlights from the library. Every location and every person result in another haiku moment perspective; Jimi Bernath leaves his piece of the world in my mind. Appreciation for your librarianship.

    1. Thanks again, Dan – always interesting.

      I like the thoughts in many of these, but find the techniques less satisfying. My favourites here (along with the tickled crows):

      trying to look cool
      on this blistering day

      early morning rain
      my ceiling leaking
      but only in one spot

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