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Book of the Week: Shadows’ Children

sheacover1Martin Shea wrote, in the 1970s, some of the most powerful and unpredictable haiku in English, and so it’s worth our while to see what he’s been up to in later years. Shadows’ Children I (Lembeth Hall, 2011) is the first of a series of his most recent work in haiku, and though it has some odd presentation qualities (it employs a font that is all caps, for instance, as well as bold) the work is nevertheless striking and unique.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF president THF president Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.

all the footprints filling the wet sand — filling with it
a low granite sky — it tears their overcoats
on the bottom in their dark the crab trap slowly closes

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