Jianqing Zheng teaches university-level literature and specializes in the haiku of Richard Wright, so I can’t tell if this interesting experiment (Yazoo River Press, 2006) is a wild hair or part of a larger process. In any case, it’s quite unlike anything else — haiku extracted from Eudora Welty’s novel Delta Wedding (Harcourt, 1973).
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.
evening glow — a song out of a window of a tall white housesummer moonshine — the dripping girl out of the rivermissing her dead husband — a little kiss on the back of the necka little light twinkling far out on the river this starless nightmorning cool — robins feed in the radius of the hoseflat Delta — most of the world is the blue sky