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Book of the Week: Snow on the Water: The Red Moon Anthology 1998



For my Book of the Week, I feature Snow on the Water, the 1998 edition of Jim Kacian’s popular Red Moon Anthology. I can’t imagine the size of the task the editors of this series set themselves each year, to cull through more than 2000 entries, by over a thousand poets, to come up with what they regard as the best in haiku, senryu, haibun, essays and linked forms published in English the previous year. For 1998, the editors we have to thank were:

Jim Kacian ◊ Editor-in-Chief
Jan Bostok ◊ Tom Clausen ◊ Ellen Compton
Dee Evetts ◊ Maureen Gorman
Lee Gurga ◊ Yvonne Hardenbrook
H. F. Noyes ◊ Kohjin Sakamoto ◊ Jeff Witkin

It is impossible to give a flavour of the anthology in this short space, but here are two of my favourites:


funeral procession. . .
snowflakes blowing
into the headlights
— Randy Brooks, USA

between my rush to be ready
and her arrival —
a space
— John Stevenson, USA


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 THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission


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