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Book of the Week: The Golden Book: Haiku and Collages by Greek Poet Zoe Savina

The beautiful artwork and haiku poems, in Japanese, Greek and English, in Golden Book are dedicated to the writer Lafcadio Hearn. Zoe was born in Athens and her biography on luzdelmes states that she is a member of the National Association of Greek Writers, a founding member of the Coordinating Center of Hellenism, a member of the World Haiku Association and honorary member of the Yugoslav Haiku Association. Another book by Zoe in the Digital Library is Do Not Touch Me.

in his look
melancholy…
the bamboo growing
as if from a tear

he was born again,
looking at the flowers
of the cherry tree

you are a river,
bridge and mirror
– still flowing

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

Do you have a chapbook published in 2015 or earlier that you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details. Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Dan Campbell and are used with permission.

Zoe Savina

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. I sure do appreciate the comments Clysta and Patrick, one of my hopes as the THF librarian is to promote awareness of haiku and poetry from cultures all around the world.

  2. Dan, Thank you for bringing this book to our attention. Reading the book I felt like I was taking a ginkō walk in a dreamworld. After three reads drinking in Savina’s lush words and art I read a wikipedia article about Lafcadio Hearn. Her book is dedicated to him. Savina’s collage of butterflies (only one of her many themes/techniques) cut from words on pages captures Hearns’ migrations and life experiences across so many cultures. It was all new to me and yet Savina had already showed me a span of his life through her haiku and art. It is a fine, very fine, find. Great curation. So glad THF takes us to haiku around the world.

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