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Book of the Week: Rain Falling Quietly


Edward Rielly wrote this meditative book (Wind Chimes Minibook, 1985) partly in thrall to Basho’s Oku no Hosomichi, which he quotes and to which his poems respond.

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.

rain falling quietly— I let the maples be my overcoat
thinking about Abutsu while my mother picks flowers for father’s grave
winter comes, white flowers blooming on my window
shading my eyes while the stalks of oats ripen each other
turning a corner i come upon a poet writing under a tree
in the middle of the stream a great black bass hangs in the air, while I write my haiku

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