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Book of the Week: railriders

mair_railriderscoverCatherine Mair records a jaunt through the “quintessential cowboy town” of Whangamomona in this very brief chapbook (self-published, 2004), bringing to life a visit to New Zealand’s rough and ready past, in the comforts of a modern train.

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, and are used with permission.

speeding loco — from his vegetable patch he waves a parsnip
another delay — we reach for our thermos flasks
startled cow fresh cowpat
running away a sheep face to face with a rabbit
the blonde’s breasts his small grey eyes
the Republic of Whangamomona is quiet

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  1. A rather wonderful read – evocative and many of the haiku could have stood alone. A book like this should never need to be self published. It deserves to be snapped up by a poetry publisher – and now it has been through this site.

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