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Book of the Week – Sun Through the Blinds edited by Maxianne Berger & Angela Leuck

Co-Editor Angela Leuck writes, “Sun Through the Blinds: Montreal Haiku Today was an idea that grew out of Haiku at the Garden (Haiku au jardin), an annual two-day celebration of haiku held for the past three years at the Japanese Garden of the Montreal Botanical Garden. Haiku at the Garden allowed Montreal’s haiku poets, writing in English, French, or Japanese, to come together for the first time and present their work in a series of public readings and performances. The event was an opportunity for haiku poets to meet both the public and each other.”

Sun Through the Blinds: Montreal Haiku Today was published by Shoreline in 2003.

Following are a few selected poems from the book:

asleep while
the moon outlines trees
on the snow
– Micheline Beaudry

empty aquarium
an old man
plays solitaire
– Luana Boulanger

a burning fir log
whistles along with
the lumberjack
– Hugo Dufort

a peony
budding under a straw mat
as if there were no winter!
– Shigeru Kido

the tweed cap I wear
on my 90th birthday
suits the cool spring air
– Ikko Saito

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.

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