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Book of the Week: off and on rain


Gary Hotham has worked several recurrent images in his 4-decade history engaging English-language haiku. Here is some of his earliest work (1978, High/Coo Press).

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

All haiku in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.

spring rain the mountain further away
the still air after the rain— the dog backs off
fishing— plenty of time for a story
off and on rain— the long way home
more than one more than one one more star
late at night the last town before hom— patches of dirty snow

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  1. After I wrote yesterday, I remembered Pinyon Publishing in Colorado. Luci Shaw is a favorite poet, and they published her Harvesting Fog collection, which I bought awhile ago.

    As many would know, they also published Gary Hotham’s more recent book, Spilled Milk: Haiku Destinies. This book includes Sumi-E Watercolors by Susan E. Elliott. Some of her paintings are posted at the Pinyon Publishing website. Another book I hope to read.

  2. Ah, Breath Marks by Gary Hotham. Fortunately Gary popped over to London for a British Haiku Society event and I bought one direct off him. It’s part of my With Words library as well as a personal favourite.

    Alan, With Words

  3. This is a great collection, as is Breath Marks. Modern Proposal Chapbooks also has a couple of small Gary Hotham chapbooks as well I believe.

  4. I like so many of the features on THF blog, but Monday’s book has got to be my favorite, especially with the suspense as to which book will get to be selected.

    Alan, With Words

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