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Book of the Week: Nature Morte

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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.

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 Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.




Above the milkweed: Sky & sun! Gossamer wings! Metamorphosis
On 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.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Dear Pat Laster,

    You asked:
    “Whose poems are these? Are they from the book you mentioned?”

    This is the description of the book in the digital library:

    Description
    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.

    Creator
    Anonymous

    Publisher
    Artist’s Proof

    Published 2003

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    warm regards,
    Alan

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