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Book of the Week: Into the Sun: Selected Haiku and Tanka by Edith Bartholomuesz

The Introduction to Into the Sun contains an interesting recipe on How to Write a Poem. The book also tells us that “the life of Edith can be divided into nearly equal quarters: in Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Zambia, and finally the United States, “where the roots that have been pulled up so often have once again begun to reach down and find nourishment beneath the desert she loves.”

wave upon wave
on a twilit sea:
fairy penguins

twice swept out
twice blown back
a dove’s feather

my brush
is led by clarinets
and violins…
I’ll paint
until the music stops

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and feel free to share your favorite haiku or tanka from the book in the Comments section.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2015 or earlier that you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details. Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Dan Campbell and are used with permission.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. So impressive and heartfelt… she says what she sees in a new light, with no need for the nebulous. Hands down, my favorite collection of contemporary haiku.

  2. Gosh the prologue is magical…and the poems so clean and true. Thank you for this lovely book.

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