Book of the Week: Turn to the Earth
Peter Yovu, who has come to be identified with cutting-edge haiku, began, as many of us did, in a more traditional vein, evidenced in this award-winning chapbook from Saki Press (2004).
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All haiku in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.
heavy with seed sunflowers turn to earthwaving goodbye she keeps one hand on the unbornthe mountain path winding up at a snailcalm sea teaching my son the dead man's floatthe river floor— crayfish walking across a mosaic of lightday almost over— mayflies follow the river down to the sunmotel mirror— I too am just passing throughIndian summer— a monarch floats over the empty poolamong fallen apples the stallion stamps his hoof
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Peter’s poems are held aloft by sound, the music of his voice that is him and something more: the border between without and within is permeable: the path winds up at a snail and the snail winds up us, within and without.
Peter Yovu is a top-notch writer, evidenced here by poems such as the poignant “waving goodbye” and the didn’t see that coming ” the mountain path”.
A fine book, and I’m still blown away by his haiku in the latest Modern Haiku issue.
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