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Book of the Week: Uncle Ghost



Ronald Baatz, American poet, is a prolific writer of haiku and tanka style poems on an amazing variety of subjects, a variety demonstrated in his Uncle Ghost, our Book of the Week.


So eventually I begin to
like the overbearing climate-
the sweaty women walking
ever so slowly through
their monotonous days


It’s true-
I always save
some piss for the shower
always forget to rinse
some soap from the beard


Before this train takes us
either to heaven or hell
there will be a brief stop
in Rome
for water

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, and are used with permission.


This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. “Before this train….”
    There are more than the usual cuttings: -brief stop, -in Rome, -for water. With each line I stopped, went back, started over, read the next line, then read the whole poem – more than once.
    A wonderful trip in five lines.

  2. Wow! A poet. And such wonderfully casual use of phrasing in a invented world of his own.
    He’s great and I don’t use that evaluation often.
    Thank you for bringing this to the attention of readers.

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