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Book of the Week – lakes & now wolves by Scott Metz

In the introduction to lakes & now wolves, by Scott Metz, Phillip Rowland writes, “Metz is one of the few to have broadened the genre of haiku in English and made it his own. While he has written normative haiku with the best of them, as the earlier poems in [lakes & now wolves] show, the thrust of his work is keenly exploratory. Far from being content to repeat and refine a particular ‘take’ on haiku, he has sought to explore the potential of the genre to the full and been unafraid to push the envelope. His experimentalism is nonetheless grounded firmly in tradition, the poems informed by a wide range of reading in haiku and related literature. The result is an unusually rich and varied collection, in which the careful sequencing of poems builds a lively, personal sense of a world, as well as a heightened awareness of the word.”

From Francine Banwarth’s review of the lakes & now wolves: “Metz’s haiku are not crafted according to any one definition of the art form. His poems fall all along the bell curve of haiku, with language and images that resonate out and beyond that curve. lakes & now wolves is a collection to be read, studied, and savored, one that will awaken, inspire, deepen, and broaden our haiku sensibilities.”

lakes & now wolves is a 2012 Touchstone Book Award Honorable Mention.

New Year’s Day –
the wreath has fallen
between the doors

i take back what i gave the autumn wind

above all above a butterfly above a butterfly

& now wolves
entering Pegasus

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 2018 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 the THF Digital Librarian Kenneth Pearson and are used with permission.

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  1. lakes & now wolves is one of my favorite books. These poems, for me, seem beyond the page, more than just ink and paper. They shift in meaning with each reading. I’ve read this book a lot and always seem to learn something new. A must have for anyone wanting to write poetry, especially haiku.

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