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Book of the Week: Seventeen Grains of Sand

markoff_seventeengrainsofsandcoverSol Markoff came to haiku through his interest in Japanese arts, and especially painting. He studied with Minoru Kawabata in New York City in the 1970s, and in this volume (Haiku Moments, 1976) fuses his Eastern inclinations with his Western realities. The result is interestingly typical of the times, a time just before the momentum of the haiku movement would take the genre in a different direction.

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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.

Steel Tree On this treeless Street Atop a roof antenna A bird builds a nest.
Painful Flower Powerful poppy! Breaking through the stoned sidewalk To bloom in the cracks.
Double Feature In the movie house Lovers embrace each other On the screen and off.
Feminist When that old rooster Was too weak to crow, the hen Awakened the sun.
Reconnaisance Frightened by a sound, I stopped and sent my shadow To meet the echo.
Feelings Walking in the park I picked some flowers; felt them Dying in my hands.
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