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Book of the Week: the window-washer's pail


Cor van den Heuvel produced a series of innovative chapbooks from his own Chant Press, English-language haiku’s first body of individual work. This chapbook, from 1963, is perhaps the strongest of the group.

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.

on the car bumper a long landscape unwinds
in the hotel lobby the bare bulb of a floor lamp shines down on its distant base
an empty wheelchair rolls in from the waves
the shadow of the light chain swings slowly
through the small holes in the mailbox sunlight on a blue stamp
the windshield-wipers vanish over the horizon Geronimo leaps to his horse
the snow blows down the subway

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  1. and another from the book:

    among rocks
    lights water

    Cor van den Heuvel

    From a 1963 book – how wonderful. Must have been so new then and new now . . .

    I’m following Darrell Lindsey’s example and catching up with some more reading here, though I am always interested to see the books and poets each week.

    Thanks, Ellen

  2. its a toss-up between ‘on a car bumper’ and ‘the windshield wipers’ for me. I enjoyed the whole book, but these two-Wow! I was a year from being born when this came out, it keeps you humble knowing your work is a part of so much talent in the world. Thank you for sharing this. June Rose Dowis

  3. Fifty years ago (I was a high school freshman) and still, to this day, a bar so high that we rarely reach it.

  4. “an empty wheelchair, ” has always been a favorite of mine.

    That was quick, that fast, the download is complete.

    Thank for sharing!

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