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Book of the Week – Monday Morning Blues by Mike Montreuil

From the back cover of Monday Morning Blues: “A tanka sequence by one of the taste-makers of English and French tanka and haiku worldwide.

Gritty and easy to relate to, they bring poetry home into comfort and discomfort of everyday urban life.”

Mike Montreuil (born Michel Montreuil, November 2, 1958, Mattawa, Ontario, Canada), retired electronics technologist for the National Research Council of Canada, poet, editor, and publisher. He began writing poetry in 2001, and his haiku, tanka, and haibun, written in English and in French, have been published widely in print and online. He served as haibun editor of A Hundred Gourds from 2012 to 2015. The Neighbours Are Talking (2011), a haibun collection, and At the Edge (2017), an anthology of haibun from Raw NerVZ), were both shortlisted for The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards. Montreuil currently edits Haiku Canada Review and is the publisher of the small press Éditions des petits nuages. He lives in Ottawa.

Monday Morning Blues was published by phafours press in 2016.

Following are a few selected poems from the book:

you wake
to the morning
no alarms
just the silence
of August birds

sirens follow
a transit bus
perhaps
the other way around
in another time

we are Canadians
and casually
accept our fate
the Monday Morning Blues
12 bars long

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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