John O’Connor, who died unexpectedly in 2015, was one of New Zealand’s strongest poetic voices, in long verse as well as haiku. Parts of the moon (Post-pressed, 2007) is his personal selection of 20 years of haiku publication, characterized by an aptitude for compression, a trenchant humor, and a keen interest in typographical experimentation (hard to reproduce here, so you’ll need to look at the whole book).
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 THF president THF president Jim Kacian, and are used with permission.
in the empty billboard frame the whole mountainparking lot — a security light flicks onlight blue light