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


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.


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