Edward Rielly wrote this meditative book (Wind Chimes Minibook, 1985) partly in thrall to Basho’s Oku no Hosomichi, which he quotes and to which his poems respond.
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.
rain falling quietly— I let the maples be my overcoatthinking about Abutsu while my mother picks flowers for father’s gravewinter comes, white flowers blooming on my windowshading my eyes while the stalks of oats ripen each otherturning a corner i come upon a poet writing under a treein the middle of the stream a great black bass hangs in the air, while I write my haiku