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Book of the Week: The Sound of Breathing


Del Doughty’s touching chapbook was one of the winners of the Virgil Hutton Haiku Memorial Award for 1999-2000 (Saki Press). This short-lived project actually brought several of the best chapbooks of the turn of the century into being, including this one.

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 Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.

the plowman eyes his rut, his son chatters at his heels— the oxtail swishing flies
low tide a homeless man wnaders among the shells
summer reruns I slouch in the armchair smoothing the velvet
September lit class— under the walnut trees students rub their heads
cracks in the casement— this cold splits my finger at the nail.
Sunday afternoon— the porch light still burning

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  1. I found myself stopping to go back and read several a second time. As if I didn’t get all that they had to offer the first time–and I didn’t 🙂 A wonderful collection.

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