Book of the Week: Starting Something
Carol Montgomery wrote some of the most memorable senryu in the language, many of which appeared in this volume (Los Hombres Press, 1992), so it is disappointing that she has been absentee from the haiku world for more than a decade.
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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.
every Sunday the marlin leaping from father’s necktiespring drizzle widower receives his first get-well piea quick view of the topless aprons at the crafts fair . . .passing the nature center where we all thought we wanted to workretirement video: for the rest of my life free golf—second husband painting the fence the same green
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Part of a quote translated into English, in the book:
“…At a hundred and ten, everything—every dot, every dash—will live.”
Here every word, dot, dash, whether visible or not, has counted to make some fine senyru, from obvious to very subtle:
hearing us argue,
our old dog tiptoes past
her empty water bowl
shine of thumbtacks
lost and found
each peony stem
the same length
As much as I love all three, the middle one will continue to crack me up all day, and giggling tonight.
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