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Book of the Week: Where Light Begins

rosenstock_wherelightsbeginsGabriel Rosenstock is one of haiku’s great ambassadors, in Irish as well as English, with dozens of publications to his name. This 2012 book (Original Writing) is representative of his recent work.

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.


church bells— where are they all going? swarms of ants
with his one good hand a scarecrow points to the moon
dying notes of a bagpipe — singly and in groups swallows disappear
báisteach gan stad róbhuí ar fad é an buachalán relentless rain too yellow by far the ragwort
suddenly the universe expands wild geese honking
ag teacht is ag imeacht i gcéin — meabhalscáil coming and going in the distance — a mirage

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  1. A superb book- I loved his essay on Issa as much as I loved his haiku, and Issa’s of course

    thank you

    1. He is one of the great poets of our time. Almost everyday he sends me a haiku and I’m able to face my day with a smile. I met Gabriel in1965 in Rockwell College.

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