Phyllis Walsh was an early advocate of viewing haiku in the context of other forms of short poetry, and this charming chapbook from 1993 (Hummingbird Press) is one of the few published haiku sequences in English.
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.
river draindown— cries of killdeer killdeer over the drying marshgray skies pour down daughter’s lentils boil over and overthe river]s power sweeps along brush and trees to clog the footbridgebeyond his iv drip I see the lakebringing more rosebuds rainstorms that scattered wild rose petalsrings from dripping birch widen to intersect— the river's stillness