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Per Diem/Haiku of the Day for December 2021: Libraries

Per Diem/Haiku of the Day for December 2021 features Guest Editor Kirsten Cliff Elliot’s collection on the theme of Libraries. This is what Kirsten has to say by way of introduction to this theme:

If you’re a writer of haiku, then you’re probably a reader. And if you’re a reader, you’ve likely visited your share of libraries, and may even have created your own at home. Libraries are wonderful and mysterious places filled with the resources to inspire, educate, entertain and excite. They are also windows into the health of our communities, and society as a whole.

winter afternoon
one empty space
in the library carpark

(Honorable Mention, Haiku International Association 2009 Haiku Contest)

Being a reader, writer and librarian, I was inspired to create a collection on the theme of “libraries”—my own free little library, if you will, of haiku and senryu curated for us all to share. And there are many aspects to showcase, as libraries are much more than books on shelves! Libraries are community hubs for book clubs and author visits; places to connect to the internet or with other mums and their bubs during storytime; spaces to work, study, learn and rest; with people that can help you find the information you need.

So please enjoy my eclectic mix: from personal libraries to public, library cats to kids, and the library café to the stacks. This view of library life, from 31 old and new poet friends, is a feast for the senses and sensibilities of fellow readers, writers and library lovers.

—Kirsten Cliff Elliot (RLIANZA)


See Also our Haiku of the Day Archive.

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  1. Such a topic… Some of the fondest memories of my childhood are of going to the library, not just to take out a book (though I checked out hundreds, perhaps thousands), but just to sit there breathing in the quiet.

    Saturday morning
    bikes near the library door
    book baskets empty

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