Robert Mainone has argued for the traditional approach to haiku—formal structure, nature content, and a sense of the ineffable—for 6 decades, and never more compellingly than in this beautiful self-published chapbook (1965), featuring charming b&w photographs by Larry West.
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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.
Again and again
the lightning’s light reminds me
of such earthly things.
Endless August night . . .
outside my window crickets
singing ancient songs.
Forests of my youth,
as one with sun and earth and
there I wander still.
The paths of stars—
something remembered vaguely in
recesses of the mind.
By my fireplace
for my companions: nightwind, stars,
and this full moon.
the dead spruce statues—bleached bones
still reaching for stars.