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Book of the Week: Borrowed Water



Our Book of the Week is Borrowed Water, an anthology of English haiku in the 5-7-5 style written by members of The Los Altos Writers’ Roundtable. The Los Altos group, founded in 1956 by Helen Chenoweth, was the first of its kind in America. Borrowed Water, published in 1966, also has the distinction of being the first of its kind. From the stylistic point of view, Borrowed Water is important as an illustration of English language haiku’s starting place, and how it has evolved in the 50 plus years since this publication.

My love said good bye
only this last spring, but—
what color were his eyes?

Apple-worm, we see
even your dark, private world
has its center star.

The season of rain.
From eaves onto lemon leaves,
the staccato drip.


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 THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission


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  1. Thank you for the blog and for book suggestions
    Just recently returned to composing daily haiku

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