Jean Jorgensen’s jute-bound chapbook is subtitled “poems for my father,” and so they prove to be: a tanka sequence full of personal reminiscence, coming to terms with the various roles the author has played: daughter, friend, enemy, caregiver. Her experiences are certain to find resonance in anyone who has held a similar relationship with a parent or loved one (MooseTrout Interactive, 1998).
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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.
this north country now so scenic and fertile— fifty years ago Lord . . . the swamp and bush you’d plough through just to reach some higher groundhometown dance— in the basement bathroom dad’s girlfriend puts on her lipstick gazing at me in a chipped mirrora short first visit with my aging father— unlike the setting sun I do not know when I will come againmy father so filled with tears about the past— God forbid should someone see him cry like “sentimental old women”infrequent visit to her father’s house— barn kitten in for the first time also explores the kitchen . . . cautiouslypoems for my father I offer up a prayer this thanksgiving— at 55 years . . . old enough to know with forgiveness comes peace