Alan Gettis was, like so many that have been drawn to haiku in the West, a devotee of Zen and a practicing psychotherapist, and these related interests strongly mark his poetry. This chapbook (1982) is subtitled “Volume II,” indicating that it is his second chapbook (the first, Snowed In, also was published by High/Coo Press), and follows a similar format: translations of Japanese haiku, followed by a short gathering of original poems, from which our selections are chosen.
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.
removing shoes before entering the zendo— hole in my sockzazen: every now and then silence breaks the noisejust breathing in just breathing out— this runny nosebreakfast fourteen people and no words.today even my fart is silentdriving home feeling close to satori, a car cuts me off!