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Book of the Week – somewhere inside yesterday by Gregory Longenecker

Victor Ortiz praised somewhere inside yesterday by stating “[this book] is the intimate work of a mature poet who invites us to experience the world from the inside. Time and diverse relationships often take on a dreamlike quality that rewards the reader through multiple readings.”

Further praise from Carolyn Hall: “Gregory Longenecker has assembled a fine collection reflecting a life well- and purposefully lived, sprinkled with dollops of delicious good humor. He offers ‘pillbug / if only life were / that simple,’ and then, with unadorned language and keen observation, skillfully communicates just how complex it really is.”

Following are a few selected poems from the book:

oak limb –
holding the dreams
of nestlings

mayfly
no time
to look back

music box somewhere inside yesterday

basement dust
the things I’d forgotten
about childhood

morning
the slow silence
of a snail

The poem – “music box somewhere inside yesterday” – was a shortlist nomination for the 2017 Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems.

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite poem from the book with us.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2018 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 the THF Digital Librarian Kenneth Pearson and are used with permission.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. A wonderful book choice…so many of these haiku really resonate with the reader! One of my favorites:

    oak limb—
    holding the dreams
    of nestlings

    Thank you for bringing this book to our attention!

  2. moving day
    we take apart the bed
    our parents dreamed on

    I love Greg and his haiku. So many sing to us, and this especially!

  3. I am a serious fan of Greg’s haiku, putting him in my 10 favorite haiku poets. Almost impossible to pick one out of all, today I choose this one: she keeps it all/ wrapped inside/ Hello Kitty lunchbox. Often I return to his book and choose a haiku to haiga.

    1. Similar to you, when reading, it felt like my favorites changed daily. I love your selection!

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