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Book of the Week: whistling

thomas_whistlingcoverCarolyn Thomas, or, as she favored, “Season,” founded and edited Heron Quarterly of Haiku and Zen Poetry (not to be confused with another Heron Quarterly) in the late 1990s, and has published several several chapbooks through her Thinking Post Press. This one (2000) is perhaps typical, with its emphasis on moments of insight, or, as she puts it, “the pause between breaths.”

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, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.


whistling he hangs the birdhouse he built
tinkling under the snowy eave new glass wind chimes
fluttering against the cloudless sky two young birds
the quail after it left no trace
summer moon— the sound of eggs coming to a boil
winter silence . . . from across the lake the crow’s echo

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  1. As Garry said, a lovely book. And as Jim quoted from the Preface Carolyn Thomas wrote: “the pause between breaths.”

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    The prose included by poets in some of the haiku books featured here is an education, as well. It would be interesting to collect several reflections in one post some day. I could help.

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    Thank you, Ellen

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