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Book of the Week: Lilacs After Winter

masatFrancis Masat, who died at the very end of 2014, came to haiku, and, especially, haibun, late in his life, and almost immediately was widely published. Lilacs After Winter (Modern English Tanka Press, 2008) presents some of his best-loved work in the genre, from which we have extracted the sample poems below, which can provide, of course, only a taste of what the whole haibun are like.

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 president THF president Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.


travel office — looking at brochures with a childhood friend
white beach shell — becoming sand
the world spinning under a hand

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing “Lilacs After Winter”. An excellent read.

  2. Thank you for sharing “Lilacs After Winter”. Vitally strong images, profound spirit, and impressive craftsmanship.

  3. Thank you for this book. There is a beautiful spirit at work here.

    -Patrick

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