Alvaro Cardona-Hine has become known to the world primarily as a visual artist, but his first book was this small gem (Swallow Press, 1961). In his introduction he pays homage to the Zen orientation that was currency for the genre at the time, but his own work shows a broader taste. Add his evocative and charming illustrations, hints of what his larger-scale work was to become, and you have a unique early document in the development of ELH.
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF president THF president Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.
the moonlight involved in the paleness of the rose darkens the cypressthe fork in the road precipitated by this chirimoya treea few tangerines and the world’s population just about doubled