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Book of the Week: Hanging from the Clouds

 

 

A sense of humour is as important to the appreciation of literature as it is to the writing of it, but the haiku sense of humour is a special one. It makes for unusual, odd, and frequently stimulating connections between things because it sees them from unique angles and perspectives. Andre Duhaime, a French Canadian poet, excels in seeing and creating these odd, amusing, and suggestive connections, and his translators for this volume, Bertrand Cyr, Leroy Gorman, and Dorothy Howard, excel in keeping these vivid connections alive in their translations for our Book of the Week, Hanging from the Clouds.

 

since you left
I eat standing up
and smoke in bed

 

on the beach
and later between the sheets
sand

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 THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission

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  1. startling simplicity – if I’d written these haiku I wouldn’t bother trying to better them

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