Book of the Week: Eye To Eye With A Frog

by Jim Kacian on December 9, 2013

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George Swede has been producing world-class haiku for four decades. Some of his best-known pieces came from this modest chapbook from Juniper Press in 1981. Note his adoption of the one-liner, a relative newcomer at that time.

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 Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.



Dropping stone after stone into the lake—I keep reappearing
Growing a body of ants fish head
Growing a body of ants fish head
Mental hospital my shadow stays outside
Trapped in a bad haiku fluttering butterfly
Amazed at my life three magpies
After the search for meaning bills in the mail
At the end of myself pencil tip

{ 4 comments }

Darrell Lindsey December 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

” Dropping stone after stone” would have to be my pick. It produces metaphorical ripples, too.

Lynne December 10, 2013 at 5:01 am

Love George’s work. He has that magical touch of including the reader so intimately.

June Rose Dowis December 10, 2013 at 12:33 am

Excellent book of haiku. The end of it came before I was ready. Thank you for sharing.

Patrick Sweeney December 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I love the existential truth of master Swede’s senryu. He is one of my haiku heroes.

-Patrick

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