Book of the Week: The Birds That Stay
Beverley George has been a strong advocate for haiku and related poems for more than a decade in Australia. This very brief chapbook (Eucalypt, 2013) gives us a taste of her voice and interests in a very handsome format.
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, and are used with permission.
first frost the birds that stay the birds that goautumn reflections the ochre of rockface warms the riverChristmas aftermath the slow uncrinkling of cellophanedrought — the dusty eyelashes of a cow
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So much to love in this chap book.
around the eagle
Congratulations Beverley. This little gem of a book is one of the treasures on my shelf.
one tiny feather
all the colours of the bird
weightless on my palm
Lovely to see this chapbook, with it’s excellent selection of haiku, available in THF archives.
For some time, my favourite among these haiku has been:
the one black-faced sheep
gets all the pats
Probably because it brings back memories of visiting the ‘patting’ area at the Royal Melbourne Show as a small child and, in my turn as parent, taking my son there, too. It rings so true to my experience.
Thanks for featuring this book by Beverley George.
I enjoyed each of the haiku included.
some wonderful images here – the mist reflected on commuter ipads….
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