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Book of the Week: rose stems


Doreen King has been General Secretary of the British Haiku Society and editor of Time Haiku. Her distinctive voice is evident in this strong collection, edited by vince tripi, from Tribe Press (2007).

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

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All haiku in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.

scent of flowers . . . every now and then the choir in tune
stopping out of breath— butterflies
in the distance goose-down on stone is something more
for blueberries and i lean into the wind
summer heat— kicking-in the door wedge further
mulberry corner— a small child's hair wildly frizzed
by the river stones i told
having prepared— rain-wind just rain-wind
rose stems some shorter, some longer, New Year's Day
thought she knew me— a girl wearing a camellia like my mother wore
the first night alone considering a snowdrop's white
winter moon must you show me the emptiness of my bowl!

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  1. My favorites of the haiku posted above are ” by the river” and mulberry corner–.”
    ” by the river” has an unusual construction, but it does work.
    Thank you for the rose stems, Doreen.

  2. mulberry corner –
    a small child’s hair
    wildly frizzed

    rose stems
    some shorter, some longer,
    New Year’s Day

    Doreen King

    ” . . . there is perfection in what is not perfect . . .”

    Stanford M. Forrester, from this book

    Thank you – Doreen King is a new poet for me.

    I well know the quality of the books edited and published by vincent tripi, and with Swamp Press.

    The journal Modern Haiku arrived in my life through my purchase of The Poet’s Market, when Bob Spiess edited from Madison, Wisconsin (I lived there 1972 – 1976). I began ordering haiku books – and vincent’s “white” was one of the first books, and also books by Tom Clausen, and several others reviewed and noted. All treasures carefully kept.

    Look forward, Doreen, to reading your beautiful book again.

    Thank you, Ellen

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