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Book of the Week: Snow Man


David Lloyd’s charming book (No Press, 1999) is dedicated to Raymond Roseliep but in fact was intended for his children and grandchildren. It’s a combination of haibun and haiku, all on the theme of the title.

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 Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.

Accepting baldness; The snowman is still smiling Beneath a gaslamp . . .
An older child Whispers all her secrets To the snowman
Discovered: The snowman’s head In the freezer
Snowman Tightening his grip On the shovel
Looking back— The snowman is lost In the snow
Ah little sparrow! So good to see you drinking The snowman’s remains . . .

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. I was a student at Glassboro State College, now Rowan University (Glassboro NJ), in the mid- late 80’s A favorite Professor David Lloyd talked about a book he had published titled Snowman . At the time, I thought it was a book of short stories but I’m not certain how I came to that conclusion

    Can anyone tell me if this is the book I’m looking for and if so, how may I purchase a copy ?

    Thank you

    Scott Nicoll
    Haddonfield NJ

  2. I enjoy themed haiku and haibun – I only wish you had included haibun with it as it was written

  3. What a delightful book! I wondered how I would feel about a themed book-I loved it. It made me feel as if I had changed my scenery for a bit. My favorite haiku is

    Its 3:00 a.m.
    the snowman still waits
    for the bus

    So great.

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