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Book of the Week: Haiku

willmot_haikucoverRod Willmot lives! Though he has stepped away from the haiku scene a number of years ago, his contributions as poet, publisher and organizer have long been appreciated. Here we view him just as he was entering the haiku world, in his first chapbook (Les Éditions Particulières, 1969), hand-scribed (after much practice, he says) and printed on moss-green paper with a cover that embodies that era. You can feel the exuberance of youth meeting life on every page.

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 mid stride pirouetting— so many leaves!
Yesterday’s feast: on a blue plate, apple-cores
Listening . . . After a while, I take up my axe again
Pissing from a bridge on a foggy night . . . the noise of the stream
A page of Shelley brightens and dims with passing clouds
Breathing . . . the teacup filled with shadow
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