Book of the Week: the old tin roof
Marlene Mountain is the doyenne of English-language haiku. She burst upon the scene with the publication of this iconic chapbook, self-published in 1976, which contains many of her early classics, making it an excellent volume with which to inaugurate our Book of the Week Feature.
You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.
All haiku in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.
with rain i hear the old tin roof
spring evening he calls louder for the milk cow
bull tongue plow… edge of its blade in the morning dew
around the stone to earth hepatica roots
the crayfish gathers her young beneath her
drone of my dulcimer down the road a revival
river moving dawn with it
beneath leaf mold stone cool stone
old woodcutter rest on the rings of the oak
grandmother’s old quilt a spot of blood that won’t wash out
cabin chimney more of it on the ground this year
blowing leaves clanging at the stake horseshoes
the old milk cow comes in long before dusk
the long night squeezing the charmin
another day: bacon in the iron skillet
new year’s i wear my oldest gown to bed
after your visit middle of the closet empty hangers
snowy night from the dripping tap a glass full
gosling following its neck to the bug
at dusk hot water from the hose
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I always enjoy MM’s work because it’s never boring.
The poems in this book and in moment / moment moments changed my life, especially “peacock.” Marlene is a marvelous talent and a dear friend.
great collection. been looking for a copy of this… thanks for posting it!
Truly a treat to see these. I especially like the concrete/visual pieces — 🙂
I love this poet’s work.
We just updated this post with a link to an online version of the “the old tin roof.”
Just great. What a service to haiku poets . . . past and present.
wonderful. what a treat to be able to read these early works of marlene’s.
as fresh and as current as when they were written.
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