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Book of the Week: The River’s Edge: A Collection of Haiku by British Poet Annie Bachini

Annie is featured in a Haiku Foundation Poet Profile. She served as editor of The Brief, the newsletter of the British Haiku Society, from 1995 to 1997 and was president of the Society from 2007 to 2009. She also edited a surreal issue of Blithe Spirit, the journal of the British Haiku Society, in 2003.

In this issue she wrote “as most artists of any media know, exploring a different art form from your speciality helps your speciality. Although we’re not exploring a different medium, I do think there’s the potential for surreal haiku to enhance shasei haiku by offering new perspectives.”

summer breeze –
the long drapes
don’t move an inch

sweeping the garden
I forget about my landlord’s
latest threats

meeting
for the first time
as we say goodbye

putting away
warm dried towels:
thoughts of my mother

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite poem from the book with us.

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Annie Bachini

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  1. And of course from the same lovely collection:

    day after day
    bits of the chained bicycle
    disappear

    Annie Bachini
    Presence #9

    Also see:
    New Resonance 1999
    https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/omeka/files/original/3f533062891c6c97bffe783eaf322e3b.pdf

    The haiku always reminds me of this short film I helped feature as part of Bath Japanese Festival 2010 when I was co-organiser, and also Literature Director.

    Bicycle (Jitensha)
    https://www.viddsee.com/video/bicycle-jitensha/t318r?locale=en

    Gently brilliant haiku from Annie!

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