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Book of the Week: The Hiker Sees His Shadow: A Broadsheet of Haiku by Richard Straw

Richard has been a regular contributor to the North Carolina Haiku Society and you can read more about his poetry in an article by Dave Russo. The article provides interesting excerpts from Richard’s book, The Longest Time: Haibun and Essays, which is an update of Richard’s 2009 haibun collection and this book is in the Haiku Foundation’s Digital Library. Additional broadsheets by Richard in the Digital Library include The Longest Time, Late Afternoon Bum, Opening a Window and Over the Years at Bolin Brook Farm.

a commons
gone fallow–
stray cornstalks

deep in the sky
a six-trunk maple
in poison ivy

into a pine
outlined by blue
a cardinal

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite haiku from the book in the Comments section.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2015 or earlier that you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details. Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Dan Campbell and are used with permission.

Richard Straw

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  1. Thanks Mr. Campbell for all your hard work and for giving me the opportunity to read materials I would not have access to…The Longest Time: Haibun and Essays is wonderful. I found the “essays” to be mind-blowing…so much to ponder and explore.

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