William J. Higginson’s enormous contributions to the study of haiku and its relatives sometimes eclipse his gifts as a poet. By 1987, when this chapbook was published (From Here Press), he had already 10 years of published work to draw upon, as well as an interesting story to tell on how he came to the genre, to be found here.
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.
First thing heard: The snow-plow truck. A year of white.Holding the water, held by it — the dark mud.nighthawk skreek then wingsThis Alamo: too small a place for dying.Pause after a day of job hunting: cutting toe nails.year’s end eating a student’s gift of bluefish