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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.

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.

fingering the bones around the soft spot— the newborn's head
full moon— light in the cracks of the sidewalk
scattered paper— tire tracks cross the headlines
distant thunder— overhead, a satellite moves in the dark
snow finished— the blaze of winter stars
the monkey's face between my hands— winter twilight

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. I enjoyed Penny Harter’s book, designed by William J. Higginson, this morning. I also wrote “snow finished” in a notebook.

    spring breeze-
    dead leaves rise
    from the forest floor

    dew falling-
    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.

  2. 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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