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The Haiku Foundation Readings: Robert Spiess

The Haiku Foundation sponsors, supports and creates reading opportunities for haiku poets around the world. Here Robert Spiess, longtime editor of Modern Haiku, reads in an archival presentation of his haiku and senryu.

This video is part of The Haiku Foundation Video Archive.

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  1. I listened to this good reading again today. Robert Spiess reads so well, and the recording is clear. My mind has gone back to the poems, because of both the range of topics and their depth. I have a few of his books, but haven’t read them for a time.

    Being from Wisconsin, I am so moved by how Bob captures our state. I took some notes today of what he wrote about: mallards, canoe, farmers happy with rain (after this year’s drought, that surely says so much), wild turkeys (I see them too), the song of the bullfrog, pine shade, marsh, deer…so much more I could say!

    I also appreciate his clear examples of all that haiku can be; for example his poem in three words: “firefly wakens me.”

    I hope this video finds its way to Wisconsin libraries. This is a real treasure.

    Thanks, Ellen

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