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