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Book of the Week: Zen Koanheads

dunphy_zenkoanheadcoverJohn J. Dunphy has a special affinity with those genres that reside on the fringes of haiku, like scifaiku, but his first love has always been senryu. This collection (Second Reading Publications, 2008) shows him at his characteristic best.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.

the mechanic’s grin slowly broadening as he peers under my hood
pure improvisation the jazz musician completes his tax return
with bowed head I ascend the church steps — first bifocals
during the campaign even his sign in my yard leaning to the right
New Year’s Day my champagne glass bubbling with Alka-Seltzer
all dressed up and nowhere to go my atheist friend in his coffin

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