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Book of the Week: Walking the Tideline



Walking the Tideline, by Australian Lyn Reeves, is our Book of the Week. Seashores vary around the world. Some are so remote or inaccessible as to seldom or never be seen up close, but wherever accessible they are a magnet for the pensive walker. So much about the tideline draws us there, not least because it is a transition zone between land and sea, between the familiar and the unknown. For those not lucky enough to live near the sea, Lyn’s collection of haiku will transport you there.


crows flying
into the wind
treading air


morning sunlight polishes the river silver


walking the tideline stopped in my tracks
by a shell


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 THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. ‘walking the tideline stopped in my tracks by a shell’

    I was stopped in my tracks by this collection – so good

  2. I have just enjoyed another read. Very nice.
    sunshower –
    every blade of grass
    vase of dead daisies
    a circle of gold dust
    Lyn Reeves

  3. Lovely to see this collection digitised for those who don’t have a hard copy. I am grateful for the nudge to reread Walking the Tideline.

  4. Great to see ‘Walking the tideline’ archived here! :-) This was my very first Australian haiku book, the beginning of my collection. I’d just begun my own attempts at writing haiku and gone to a poetry venue (in Melbourne) where Lyn (from Hobart) was the featured reader. My copy is signed and dated October 2004.

    breathing with the rock pool
    the crabs come out
    incoming tide
    the wet rocks splashed
    with light
    (these 2 should be centered but I can’t do that here)
    in the clear water only their shadows — jellyfish
    clay wind bells
    the cool change

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