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Book of the Week: Outside Robins Sing


Paul O. Williams sustains a reverie for a nearly lost natural world and for the humans who share it in this elegantly produced chapbook from 1999 (Brooks Books).

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.

the far mountain— some pane of glass throws back sunset light
the old garden fence keeps the goldenrod from the goldenrod
for a moment in the nearby air the hummingbird's eye
the stained glass windows deepen their fires— winter evening
gone from the woods the bird I knew  by song alone (for Nick Virgilio, 1928-1989)
the conductor raises his baton— outside robins sing

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  1. Wonderful haiku using musicality:

    silver salmon scales
    rinse from his hands
    back into the sea

    And sensation:

    morning–the tree
    showers the woodcutter
    with its last rain

    And the ‘crow’ness of things, so spot on, as I know with the Lebanon Cedar a few feet away from my apartment:

    a crow thing
    this love
    of topmost branches

    Terrific work!

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