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Book of the Week: On the Road to Mt. Washington

calkins_ontheroadcoverJean Calkins was an extremely active participant in the early days of the “haiku movement.” Her J & C Transcripts publishing house was responsible for many of the best-known haiku books from the 1970s and ’80s. She was a prolific author as well, with dozens of titles to her name, including this one, that most unusual creation, an extended haibun (1982).

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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.


Montezuma swamp: It gets just one foot wet the blue heron
Champlain Canal; it looks no different without the Hudson
Vainly searching— Old Man of the Mountain where are you?
High on the mountain a house of questions but no answers
We leave New Hampshire “turning out the light” behind us
Home again; back from the tall mountain nothing has changed.

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  1. Thank you. At the ahapoetry.com site, Jane Reichhold has a chapter, “Those Women Writing Haiku,” about Haiku Magazines in the US. I learned that in May 1965, Jean Calkins began Haiku Highlights and Other Short Poems. There’s a lot of good history here as well – perhaps already available at THF too.

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