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Book of the Week: Winter Touch

ower_wintertouchcoverJohn Ower came to haiku late in his writing career, one in which he published long poems and literary articles, along with teaching English at the university level. As with many such writers, he was attracted to haiku by its sensibility, its (seemingly unironic) acceptance of the world as it is, its association with austerity and beauty. These are the characteristics he strove to place in these, his most straightforward poems (Hub Editions, 2001).

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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.

cancer scare— my garden beds with weeds as tall as me
on the bagel— crimson poppies lost
April blue— a crow serrates its wing
sanity— this dripping, this rippled stalagmite
our spindly shadows on the snow— shortest winter day
flashback to blossoms as I taste an acid plum
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