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Book of the Week: The Birds That Stay

george_thebirdsthatstaycoverBeverley 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 go
autumn reflections the ochre of rockface warms the river
Christmas aftermath the slow uncrinkling of cellophane
drought — the dusty eyelashes of a cow

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  1. 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

    Just exquisite!

  2. 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:

    children’s zoo
    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.

    – Lorin

  3. Thanks for featuring this book by Beverley George.
    I enjoyed each of the haiku included.

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