Robert Spiess is, of course, one of the most revered figures in English-language haiku. He was a surprisingly varied stylist, and this volume (Modern Haiku Press, 1991) shows him at his most inventive.
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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.
forebearing to take a branch in flower, i bring you songs of wild pluman unspoken love — i envy the oriole that sings that singsbuddha icon stolen iris[saith the weasel] ‘My instinct to kill more chickens than i can eat — O Lord, such a thrill!’learning its name the thief stretches forth his hand jewelweed!prayed-for rains arrive — but what other places, Lord, did you thus deprive?