Masaya Saito is best-known for his expert and evocative translation of Saito Sanki’s Kobe Hotel, but this nearly unnoticed short volume of his own work (TELS Press, 1988) carries an elusive and astringent flavor all its own, and well worth cultivating.
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.
Coming from far away My finger Touches a snail’s hornNew the blue Sky a kite New the circleAn empty plate Smashing it Autumn clearerWaterless river — I am walking On the bankGetting colder I too Am shapedDrawn on the spring Earth a dense Vulva