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Book of the Week: only sounds

scottcover1Rob Scott, a peripatetic haiku poet now located in Sweden, has spent considerable time in the Netherlands, and this tiny volume (’t Hoge Woord, 2001) is from the Radijs Series that appears in Dutch and English. These early poems already display many of the characteristics of Scott’s later work: a feeling for the uncanny, an evocative way with scene-setting, and a knack for finding the right word.

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 THF president THF president Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.

thick morning fog only sounds from my dreams
opening and closing the basement door autumn wind
winter isolation my heartbeat enters the silence

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  1. Thanks everyone. Really didn’t think this little offering would end up in a place like this. Then again, I guess that’s the purpose of this digital library.

    Just a bit of background to this – in 2001, while living in Holland and having been a haiku poet for less than 3 years, I was introduced (by Max Verhart) to a Dutch publisher by the name of Wim Lofvers. He took a shining to me and produced 2 chapbooks of my very early work, including this one. The other one ‘Cool Relief’ was also part of the Radijs Series. They were literally pocket sized books, the whole thing printed on one A4 sheet of paper, double-sided and hand stitched. Genius. I’ll always cherish them. Sadly, Wim died just a few years later.

    Huge thanks to the Haiku Foundation for adding this to their incredible digital collection.

    – Rob.

  2. Good stuff, Rob. Among my favourites, the unexpected but true to my experience, too, “. . . a moth whacks me in the face” 🙂

    – Lorin

  3. beautiful poems of great simplicity and depth – love the way they are modestly introduced as ‘some haiku’

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