Jerry Ball has had an important influence on English-language haiku not only through his own poems, but through his consideration of how our poems work best in our language. This early work (self-published, 1997) discusses how verbs can distract us from the crisp limning of our observations, and offers many examples of haiku shorn of verbs that accomplish that goal, including a few in Italian!
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.
wild strawberries at the place where two paths meet near a waterfallchildren with flowers the end of Easter service in the morning raina cover of soot on the war memorial in the August suncrepusculo estivo una vecchia donna su en sedia al balconethe oldest woman an armload of newspapers in the autumn duskwinter evening sounds of a silver bracelet on a marble floor