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Book of the Week – To Kyoto by Allan Burns, illustrated by Ron C. Moss

From the introduction: “In April 2016, my wife Theresa and I fulfilled a longheld dream to traveling to Japan. We divided our time between Tokyo (with its endless skyscrapers and 38 million inhabitants) and Kyoto (with its surprising juxtapositions of ancientness and modernity). Temples, shrines, gardens, museums, and so forth commanded our attention. We also took a side trip from Tokyo to Kamakura to visit Kurosawa’s gravesite and the great Buddha. These haiku arose along the way.”

To Kyoto was published in 2016.

Following are a few selected poems from the book:

hayfever masks –
Tokyo Station
at rush hour
Kurosawa’s gravesite –
the up-ending whistle
of a bush warbler
homes just a blur
from the shinkansen –
Fuji lost to haze
sidestreet roses …
Old Kyoto
reveals itself
water lilies drifting through the sunset

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

Do you have a chapbook published in 2018 or earlier that you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details. Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by the THF Digital Librarian Kenneth Pearson and are used with permission.

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