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Book of the Week: January Sun: A Collection of Haiku by Stanford M. Forrester

Stanford M. Forrester is a past president of the Haiku Society of America and founder and editor of bottle rockets: a collection of short verse which is in its 23rd year in print.  Sometimes he goes by his haigo, “sekiro” which means “stone dew” or “dew on a stone”.

Additional books by Stanford in the digital library include handful of sand and A Motley Sangha which is a book of 42 haiku by 7 poets that was edited by Forrester.

January sun —
the snow melts first
on Buddha’s belly

they actually
are pretty quiet . . .
wild flowers

backyard fireflies . . .
each moment
a different constellation

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite poem from the book with us.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2016 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.

Stanford M. Forrester

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. that’s what
    dandelions do . . .
    blow away

    This book reminds me why I became endeared to haiku. They seem so simple . . . yet have so much depth. Thank you for sharing.

  2. All simply lovely. 🙂 I’ve always liked the gentle humour of the “wildflowers” haiku quoted above, but my favourite today is:

    moon viewing party
    the stars
    show up anyway


  3. Lovely.
    I had a couple of favorites in mind, and then I came to the last haiku.

    that’s what
    dandelions do…
    blow away

  4. Excellent collection; I pick this one for further rumination…

    Zen garden –
    the monk rakes over
    his thoughts

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