Paul David Mena is one of the first haiku poets to make a smooth transition from primarily internet exposure to the print world. This, his first book (A Small Garlic Press, 1995), affords glimpses of many of the themes he would subsequently make his own.
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, and are used with permission.
in the taxicab a goldfish restless in his bowlTompkins Square: an old man teaches Tai-Chi to a crowd of pigeonsunable to escape the subway station of my dreamsafter the fireworks the thunder and lightning of the IRT localan old cop who would rather not wake up the drunkpunching a hole through the Soho night — amber moon