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Book of the Week: some breath


Max Verhart has been a champion of English-language haiku in Europe for more than two decades. This beautiful tiny chapbook (from Wim Lofver’s Radish series, 1999) gives the flavor of his early work.

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.

some breath floats away—captured in a bubble
a sigh of wind puts life into some dust and lets go again
just looking who cares who I am— and when
sparrow starling magpie for each the twig has an intimate balance
no other sound the church bell rings out through the Milky Way
along the sky a swarm of dots on the move to somewhere

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  1. my favourite book of this series, perhaps because Max handed me a copy of it when we were in London attending the World Haiku Conference in 2000. Such a light touch to Max’s poetry. So light, it’s almost not there, but indeed it is.

  2. Max, this brings me back to Oxford walking by ruins and stone walls. That was my first international haiku conference. I bought so many books, I had to sent a box back to Japan, but your chapbook was so light I could carry it my a pocket.

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