Geraldine Clinton Little (1923-1997) was widely known as a lyric poet before she came to haiku, and this background is evident in her work. She taught creative writing, fiction and poetry, and published in all these genres, as well as literary criticism. Of her many haiku chapbooks, this one (Bonsai Press, 1977) is perhaps typical: full of sharp observation, mordant wit, and heartfelt homage.
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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.
The robin carries a single strand of hair— its slim shadow.slithering out of itself— snakeSlabbed on ice the salmon’s glazed eye reflects the Country Club set.the brimming stillness before the wave breaks . . .Iced field— only the shadow of an owl’s screechHole . . . body . . . The silence of water moving under ice