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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.

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.

every Sunday the marlin leaping from father’s necktie
spring drizzle widower receives his first get-well pie
a quick view of the topless aprons at the crafts fair . . .
passing the nature center where we all thought we wanted to work
retirement video: for the rest of my life free golf—
second husband painting the fence the same green

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  1. Part of a quote translated into English, in the book:

    “…At a hundred and ten, everything—every dot, every dash—will live.”
    — Hokusai

    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

    late night
    shine of thumbtacks
    lost and found

    first doubts:
    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.

    warm regards,


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