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Book of the Week: River Stones

gay_riverstonescoverGarry Gay has made his living as a photographer, and this visual orientation strongly affects his way with haiku. He has also acquired a reputation for his senryu, though it is in haiku that he has consistently found his deepest expression. This tight collection (Saki Press, 1999) was a Virgil Hutton Haiku Memorial Award Chapbook Contest winner, and an excellent gathering of his best work to that time.

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.

Hiking into the clouds the view within
Low valley fog . . . the birth steam of a new calf in the morning light
Along the trail trading one walking stick for another
Twilight grows ripe among the pumpkins
The shape of clay before she makes it something
Slowly . . . the scarecrow becomes the snowman

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  1. Garry is one of my favorite haiku and senryu poets. River Stones is fantastic. I think I wrote somewhere else on the forums once that I used to carry a copy of Garry’s Along the Way from Snapshot Press in my back pocket. My copy is still intact but definitely worn! I always enjoy reading his collections (I have most of them, but not all). He has such a large and high-quality body of work, I think it’s high-time he publishes a new book!

    1. Gary has always demonstrated his “eye” for haiku. I have and treasure another of his books. His photography is also excellent. Hi Gary! I still use some of your haiku pens, and have your haiku coin from HNA LongBeach . . . thank you.

      – Paul

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