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Book of the Week: One or Two of a Kind: Collated by Jim Kacian

Haiku is now written in more than 50 languages and while most countries have haiku cultures, a few countries or cultures have only a single or a handful of haiku poets. This book features some poets who are the first in their country to make their cultures aware of haiku and its possibilities.

Silence—
Wings of butterflies
Grazing grass
– Eolo, Colombia

Drunk for the first time
The horizon is in
My feet
– Hilal M. Jihad, Iraq

ultrasound scan
I rearrange
my dreams
– Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan

Farewell to the sea.
Watercolours in the bag
of my heart.
– Alenka Zorman, Slovenia

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 2016 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 THF Digital Librarian Dan Campbell and are used with permission.

One of Two of a Kind

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Wonderful haiku from these other countries! (Colombia, Iraq, Bhutan, and Slovenia)
    More, more, more!

  2. Hi Jim,

    One of many of your projects to support and enhance haikai poetry. Thank you ??

    If you don’t mind, my pointing out an error. Bhutan is my country not Nepal as given.

    Sonam

  3. Thank you Jim for showcasing these fresh and beautiful poems from poets who introduce and practice haiku in their countries. I don’t like to pick favorites bc I want to lend my support to all who are making their way on new ground. The global haiku community is waiting with open arms for more.

    Best wishes to all!

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