Cyril Childs combines vignette, haibun, haiku and longer poems in this moving memoir about his wife Vivienne’s ultimately unsuccessful bout with cancer (Paper Lantern Press, 2000), which remains fresh today as it was 15 years ago.
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.
her hands — folding and refolding a table napkinher breast where the lump came out — crescent moonstormy August — the first camellia faces the wallgood to see you he says turning his head awayamidst mountains — she pauses to admire violetsfinding a beach pebble in my suitcase — cries of the peewits