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Book of the Week: the mood of earth

atwood-32Ann Atwood was a photographer first and a poet second, but she was very keen to intertwine her two arts, and did so in a series of beautifully produced cloth-bound books in the early days of the haiku movement. the mood of earth (Charles Scribners Sons, 1971) is a good example of just how she worked, the images coming first and suggesting words that might extend them. Perhaps too telling for our later tastes, but groundbreaking in their time.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF president Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.


A blank page of sand — at the water’s cutting edge the pattern shaping.
Egrets on their way south — The water left with broken shadows Trailing diamond —
Through dripping branches the woods and I are one in the eyes of the rain.

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