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Book of the Week: Jogging the Haiku Highway


Virgil Hutton wrote haiku for the last couple decades of his life, and his legacy was preserved to a degree by the chapbook contest organized in his name by his wife Lenore. This Saki Press volume (1998) was issued posthumously.

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.

Even the wind blowing in all directions; spring fever
With each morning jog a little fatter— the first rosebuds
By the misparked car, the traffic cop pulls over to write his haiku
Tears in the jogger’s eyes; the autumn wind
First sizable snow; seeing the fellow joggers he can't see
Obituaries— he pauses over those nearest his age

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  1. I enjoyed reading Virgil Hutton’s book this morning, and learning/seeing some Midwestern images in common. His Preface about writing poetry is also interesting, as he reflects on process and “mystery and joy.”

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