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Book of the Week: Words on the Wind

norton_wordsonthewindJim Norton founded and edited the Zen-infused and beautiful Haiku Spirit — Ireland’s first haiku journal — for years, and his own work reveals a predilection for the same sort of material, evidenced in this characteristic book from 1997 (Waning Moon Press).

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.


You walking ahead the grass springing back erases your steps
Just echoing boards this empty house where we laughed and cried
Lengthening the snail’s shadow draws out the sun
In the hermit’s church butterflies are mating on broken gravestones
Its sweet tang — a neighbour’s turf-smoke evening breeze
This butterfly has chosen a thistle-flower to fall asleep on
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