Raymond Roseliep was a newcomer to haiku at one point, too, and this early thematic collection (Vagrom Chap Books, 1976) should give hope to all poets that they too might, with study and practice, achieve the pinnacle of their craft. Even here though there is evidence of Roseliep’s delight in wordplay, keen observational skills, and precision with the language.
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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.
prelate mud turtle served by three canopies: sky, my boat, your band shellfrost freckled johnswort, pumpkin sun, inkblot of geese: whistlestop Waldenfarewell, citizens of wood and pond — my work done, my house in order