S. L. Poulter was an early advocate of formal variety within the traditional haiku genre. He essayed the rarest of haiku formats—the occasional two-liner—along with four-liners, and the cantilevered middle line may be his invention. This chapbook was a product of Peacock Press in 1974.
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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.
in a shadow a bowed head . . .a snake its length slowly from that mistfrom monarch to leaf the way the rain slides off the butterfly's wingcracking out of the wind the sound of leaveshow the sun reddens half in the wateron his upturned face a bounce of light through the sweatgoing to take all day the way that grasshopper eats