Elizabeth Hazen’s haiku is strongly conditioned by the fact that in the 1990s she totally lost her sight, regaining only some portion of it a few years later. As a consequence, she is more deeply aware than most of the fusion of the senses, and of how visual a species we are. This chapbook won the Virgil Hutton Haiku Memorial Award Chapbook Contest (Saki Press, 2002).
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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.
steady drip a bucket’s tone rising with the sapflitting shade: the silence of a large bird passes overa different song— mosquito feet landing palm to palma daytime owl answers to itself falling acornspress of cattle creaking in the pasture gate a scent of ciderhard frost no sound of wind between the pines