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Book of the Week: The San Francisco Haiku Anthology



Today’s Book of the Week is The San Francisco Haiku Anthology, edited by Jerry Ball, Garry Gay and Tom Tico, and published by Smythe-Waithe Press in 1992. It is the only haiku anthology I know of that honours a city, but San Franciscans who are justly proud of being the center of a modern American poetic renaissance can also be proud to have their city named in this title. Though it’s a large collection, chosen from the work of fifty-seven west coast poets, the haiku are outstanding throughout and fairly represent the first thirty years of haiku experimentation in America.

trail of wild flowers
where a hidden stream wanders
through the meadow grass
— Mary Hill

No enemy seen;
but I get a good look
at myself
— Ty Hadman

a frog dives
into his other world . . .
water-lily shadows
— Margaret Molarsky

First rain,
bet there are mushrooms
back home in the mountains.
— Dale Pendell


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 THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission.

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  1. Dear Sir,
    Lately, since last 3 weeks all the “Book of The Week” fail to get even viewed due to technical snag: “Too large to view”. I am sure you can rectify this error and kindly permit us to enjoy the weekly book that you offer for our enlightenment. Thanks & regards

    1. Hi Jyotindra. I’m sorry you are unable to view the Books of the Week. The message you are getting is not coming from our blogposts. I believe the limitation is probably imposed by your internet provider. I suggest you go to THF Digital Library and search for the books there. That might help. Otherwise, since I have had no other complaints the problem seems to be limited to your computer or your IP. Hope this helps.

  2. Thanks for offering these books to read online.
    However, the new “digital” library lists hard copy books.
    How do you search for pdfs?

    1. The hard copy library has only been partially digitized, so if there is no PDF with a given entry, that book is awaiting digitization. About a quarter of our books are so far digitized.


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