Jean Calkins was an extremely active participant in the early days of the “haiku movement.” Her J & C Transcripts publishing house was responsible for many of the best-known haiku books from the 1970s and ’80s. She was a prolific author as well, with dozens of titles to her name, including this one, that most unusual creation, an extended haibun (1982).
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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.
Montezuma swamp: It gets just one foot wet the blue heronChamplain Canal; it looks no different without the HudsonVainly searching— Old Man of the Mountain where are you?High on the mountain a house of questions but no answersWe leave New Hampshire “turning out the light” behind usHome again; back from the tall mountain nothing has changed.