Book of the Week: The Monkey’s Face
Penny Harter’s mature volume from 1987 (From Here Press, Fanwood NJ) evokes the connectedness, both visceral and uncanny, of all things, between species and between ourselves.
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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.
fingering the bones around the soft spot— the newborn's headfull moon— light in the cracks of the sidewalkscattered paper— tire tracks cross the headlinesdistant thunder— overhead, a satellite moves in the darksnow finished— the blaze of winter starsthe monkey's face between my hands— winter twilight
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I enjoyed Penny Harter’s book, designed by William J. Higginson, this morning. I also wrote “snow finished” in a notebook.
dead leaves rise
from the forest floor
on the clothesline
a towel glimmers
by Penny Harter
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So many books in THF Digital Library now . . . thank you. What a great resource for so many people and places.
Harter-san is a true master of the form.
There’s a lot of wonderful sensate material in Penny Harter’s work rather than static imagery, which always makes any of her books a journey that we’d not easily forget, and want to revisit.
Alan, With Words
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