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Book of the Week: Swamp Candles: Haiku by Jack Barry

In addition to being a poet, in The Haiku Circle, we learn that Jack Barry is also a dedicated gardener, banjo player and Vispassana meditator. In addition to Swamp Candles, Jack has also published All Nite Rain; After the Eclipse, as well as a novel, The Hermit’s Handbook.

In the Swamp Candles Introduction, Jack writes, “What, more haiku? You might think that a world staggering under its own weight couldn’t bear even one more ‘slim volume.’ Maybe it’s because I’m left-handed, but I think that efforts such as these—solitary, slow, unpaid and barely noticed—can do more to lift to the world than drag it down.”

Examples of his haiku include:

shadows deepen
fresh coyote tracks
the rising moon

my breath
on cold glass
watching for you

breaststroke together —
the creaking water wheel
at the old mill pond

calling for a lost dog
the wind cuts through
the hole in my coat

looking up the name
of the wildflower
i just trampled

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2015 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 THF Digital Librarian Dan Campbell and are used with permission.

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  1. Jack’s a good poet. I like his breath against cold glass watching for you: no comment, no sentiment, just a pause to appreciate a fleeting moment.

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