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Book of the Week: Initial Response


Our Book of the Week is Initial Response, by Irish poet Maeve O’Sullivan, published by Kim Richardson’s Alba Publishing in 2011. Maeve organizes her haiku alphabetically under general topic headings such as Music, Dearly Departed, J’aime Paris, with six haiku per heading. Like so many poets from Britain and Ireland, her haiku show a deep connection to nature and a rare ability to express it. A strong first collection, with illustrations by John Parsons, that will leave you wanting more.

photo of his son—
he brushes a speck of dust
off the left cheekbone


father’s death day
after hours of phone calls
soft November rain


rush hour traffic
a boy on the bus
reading On The Road

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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