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Book of the Week:The Loose Thread: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2001



The 2019 edition of the Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku will mark the 25th straight year of publication for this prestigious series. Though the names of the poets anthologized change, the quality of the poems remains consistently high, offering one of the best reads for the money that you will find anywhere in the world of haiku publishing. For the next several months, our month-end Book of the Week will feature succeeding annual editions of this publication, offered freely for you to read and download. As you read and appreciate the poetry, please remember that this website, and the digital library from which these selections are made, would not exist without the support of donors like you. Find a Donate button on any of the site’s main pages, and express your appreciation with a small (or large) gift, so we can keep on giving. Thank you.


talk of divorce
she feels the knife edge
of her skirt’s pleat
-ai li   (United Kingdom)



old passport
the tug
of my father’s smile
-Yu Chang   (United States)



lovers on the beach
the moon draws the ocean
to their toes
-John Ower    (United States)



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.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. avid reader of this part of the site. On occasion I’ve sent off for the print version where available. They are that good!

  2. I do find the books offered here incredibly useful at times. It’s fun to see one that reminds me that for five years I was on the panel of selection editors for the Red Moon Anthology series. 🙂

  3. A very diverse read. I have read and reread the haiku. Now for the Haibun. Nice to read names that I’ve not read before and see known names that I have seen little of, in current magazines and anthologies.
    Yes, I try to read all that is put up. I’m guilty as charged for not commenting. 🙂

    1. Thanks Robert. No guilt involved. But it does help to have some feedback on the success (or lack of same) of our efforts.


      1. Thanks Garry, I appreciate this learning space, I’m sure many others share the same.

  4. I read them too. This is one of my favorite sections of the site, and an invaluable service in exposing us to the depth and breadth of haiku, as well as to haiku that we might otherwise never encounter.

  5. Does anybody read these books? If you do, kindly take a moment to acknowledge.
    Thank you.

    1. I read every one! Usually multiple times. I’ve found them all valuable in too many ways to list. Many thanks for your work in making them available.

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