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Book of the Week: Shorelines: Haibun, Haiku and Tanka by Kirsty Karkow

On WorldHaiku, Kirsty writes, “I had used up half my life before finding haiku or haiku found me.  So much to learn, so little time.” There is an interesting review of Shorelines on Modern Haiku which states, “Kirsty Karkow loves the sea and delights in a lifestyle of simplicity. Her poetry is infused with images of shorelines and forests in Maine.”

once I wrote
of sailing out to sea
on windswept waves
now as a late tide falls
my poems lie on the shore

darkly golden
through October’s woods
a small stream
catches then carries
lost leaves to the sea

I think I am
one with the river
growing broader
quieter as it flows
toward the endless sea

a rock wall
runs between the hayfields
to the water
I skip along the capstones
for the sea calls me as well

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and share your favorite poem from the book in the Comments section. 

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Kirsty Karkow

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