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Book of the Week: Yellow Light: Haiku by Jack Galmitz with an introduction by Brendan Slater

From Simply Haiku – Jack Galmitz was born in New York City in 1951. His poems, haiku and free verse, have appeared in publications worldwide.

In the Introduction, Brendan Slater writes: “Yellow Light carves its way through Galmitz’s own mental illness. It is honest, brave and original, and speaks for everyone who is struggling with mental illness. It says: we are not alone, and after the darkness, somewhere in place, somewhere in time, there will be light.”

Additional books by Mr. Galmitz in the digital library include: Blow Out, Dream language (for three voices), The Magic Writing Pad, Views: A Study of Fourteen New Haiku Poets and yards & lots.

A brick wall raining

walked by the dog

from my skull antlers grow in the snow

A man and woman magnetize evening

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite poem from the book with us.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2016 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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  1. So many fabulous poems! Whenever I see Jack’s name in a publication I eagerly read his work.

    1. Well, John, that’s awfully special to me coming from you.
      I feel that way about your work.
      Looking forward to seeing you at the next Otoliths!

  2. A good read; thank you, Dan (and Jack).

    I savoured:

    watching butterflies the two sides of my brain

    The surrealist and humorous:

    This poem is a rubber garden trowel

    And the sardonic:

    When a fifth ace turns up talk turns to man

  3. Powerful work. “The crowd overturns cars then returns home” …This is seeing the whole thing and having the insight to write it down. Galmitz san is one of my favorite poets.

    1. Thank you Patrick.
      I value your poetry and your opinion, too.
      Great to hear from you.

  4. Jack is a *good* poet and artist. His work– very short poems, longer poems, prose poems and more can be found on Otoliths and Noon: Journal of the Short Poem,
    and elsewhere.

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