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Book of the Week: Warm Under the Cat: A Book of Haiku and Senryu by Caroline Giles Banks

From Caroline’s Linkedin profile, we learn that she is a retired professor of anthropology and that her published poetry includes haiku, senryu and haibun as well as poetic memoirs and ekphrastic poetry. In the Introduction she writes, “Warm Under the Cat is dedicated to my cat, Valentine. She often rests on my desk when I write. I like to think her presence among my books, papers, and pens incubates and nurtures along my poems. I do not consider my written work “finished” and complete until my cat has sat upon it.”

Ants, too, enjoy
the dish of wild berries
beside the headstone

Hiroshima Remembrance
paper cranes
the weeping willow

Labor Day
filing for
unemployment compensation

not stepping on it:
patch of moonlight
on the bedroom rug

New haiku
warm
under the cat

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2015 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 THF Digital Librarian Dan Campbell and are used with permission.

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