Emily Romano’s work in this modest chapbook, self-published in 1979, gives a good idea of the state of the art at the time. Her skillful handling of the 5-7-5 or near-so form is among the best of the day, feeling fluid and unforced, which, as those who have tried the rigorous syllable count know, is no easy feat.
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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.
lengthening shadows of the purple thistles fresco the wet barnmy shadow falls on the river and at once the duckweed tremblesan old brazil nut casts a triangular shadow; a few mice droppings . . .a tire swing and its shadow on the snow— not a breath of wind.shadows of the elms grow longer on the snow; we step over themmoving day: the old homestead recedes into the shadow