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Book of the Week: The Earth Drawn Inward

 

 

The Book of the Week is The Earth Drawn Inward, by Cicely Hill, published by George Marsh’s Waning Moon Press. To quote George, “Cicely Hill’s haiku are vivid to the senses: full of colour and texture. They lead the reader into a world in which one identifies with the mysterious emotional life of natural objects and feels one interdependence with nature made radiant and palpable . . . Cicely Hill lived for years in Japan. She feels a particularly close sympathy with one of the great themes of Priest Saigyo and the subsequent Japanese literary tradition: the appreciation of the qualities of loneliness. She expresses its flavour through moving poetic images.”

 

Summer downpour
Green quinces lie
Pitted with gravel

 

At dawn
Wakened by the long silence
Of an unwound clock

 

This east wind day
My soft wool shawl                                                                      Smelling of Africa

 

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission

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