Book of the Week: fish pond moon
Johnny Baranski is best known for his protest haiku, especially warning of the dangers of nuclear energy proliferation in all its various forms. This attractive chapbook (sunburst matchbooks, 1986) captures another side of him altogether, a lighter mood as he takes us camping and fishing. The book, like all in this series, is hand-scripted and -assembled.
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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.
dusky twilight— a full moon begins to fill the empty lanternfrom a moonlit stump the frog is outsprung by its shadowthey're biting tonight wherever I try the fishpond mosquitoesfresh minnow bait— out of a moonlit pail I choose the brightesta full moon on the motionless fishpond it begins to hailjust about the full moon empty-handed fisherman tells his deaf wife
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I love this book! I wish more poets would hand-script their books. I especially like how “they’re biting everywhere” irrupts the neat syntax of pond fishing. Thanks for posting ( and writing).
I really enjoyed these and others in the book. Makes me want to take up fishing, Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Jim.
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