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Book of the Week: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, & Poems


Donald Johns is not a household name, and we offer this selection as a reminder of the kinds of work typical in a book of its time (Four Winds Press, 1982): informed in a certain way, friendly, casual.

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.

In the curly Spring of a green and eager life— A nightingale sings.
Flying in moonlight as the year comes to an end— a flock of wild geese.
On the mountain trail to Sierra Minarets— a cricket sings.
Night blooming jasmine— But with the pale light of dawn the brief scent is gone.
Will the elm surviv e yet another Winter’s snow? Raking Autumn leaves!
I awoke this morn and suddenly I felt old. Did it freeze last night?

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  1. My favorite form of poetry – haiku. You certainly are able to point out the wee incidents that make life wonderful

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