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Book of the Week: The Elements

reddingius_theelementscoverHans Reddingius has produced a very small output of haiku, so it is appropriate, perhaps, that his only collection come in the Dutch Radijs (Radish) series (2002), handbound books that measure only 2 x 3 inches. However, the calibre of Hans’s work is anything but small—you will find full-blown nature empathy, philosophical musing, a wry humor at the human condition, and much more in this slender volume, in English and Dutch.

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.

rain circles in the mirroring water— a water hen
the elements: clouds, rocks, sand, the sea, tough, pushing verdure
morning mist between softly green dykes the river glistens
a bit of fluff moves across the tile— it walks on paws
holiday cottage— three garden gnomes grinning in the rain
after the disaster they run in all directions: I took away their stone

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  1. Mt favorite from the book reminds me of Arnold’s Dover Beach:

    the cross on the spire
    the gull on the cross
    screeching in the cold

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