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Book of the Week: periwinkle


John Martone has refined his inimitable style in scores of small handmade books. Typical of this output is the present volume, self-published in 2003.

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.

painted-over window-lock's never been locked
one hya cinth comes up under back yard's spigot
vio lets all around a green swing
tiny yard still sparrows out number me
daily turning window's photo tropic seedlings halfway 'round
just some words in a clear hand

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Oh, surely there can’t be anything lovelier than “just / some words / in / a clear / hand.” Thank you for this. It has redeemed a bad week.

  2. I enjoyed John Martone’s book, and the last poem is my favorite in this post. Also appreciate how well the books are preserved in THF Digital Library; from how a book was produced to handwritten gift notes.

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