Haiku as social commentary: this innovative book appeared, without attribution, at Haiku North America in New York in 2003. It’s message has become only the more urgent in the decade that has followed.
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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.
Above the milkweed: Sky & sun! Gossamer wings! MetamorphosisOn the hot sidewalk (victim of the skyscrapers) a dead meadowlark.Through the quiet dawn a row’s harsh cry ricochets off the canyon walls.Beware all pigeons! The peregrines build their nests up on Brooklyn Bridge.Wood shattering and scattering birds fill the sky as the big tree falls.As fisherman’s proof, lacquered and now with glass eyes, a great northern pike.