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Book of the Week: Sunlight Comes and Goes


Francine Porad was a painter before she was a haiku poet, and she often combined her talents in her numerous publications. This volume (Vandina Press, 2004) represents her at a mature stage in both arts.

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.

hot summer night a mosquito’s whine and mine
‘last trip to Mexico’ for the fourth time
hail warning— a snake of headlights on highway curves
thoughts of him loud in my head silent stars
twilight settles on the rhododendrons . . . shadows reach my face
change in the weather talkative strangers on a park bench

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  1. I remember purchasing Francine Porad’s book as soon as it came out. Some really wonderful work in the book:

    windstorm warning
    shore birds scurry through
    the waves’ froth

    Great use of a verb (see above) where it both deserves its place in this briefest of poems and enhances.

    Just two more…

    at odds today–
    crow-pecked plums
    in the leafy tree

    winter dusk
    the sleeping child surrounded
    by origami cranes

    kind regards,


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