Steve Shapiro was a British poet who came to haiku in the 1960s, swept up in the wave of haiku awareness brought on by its discovery by the Beats. in a borrowed tent (The Firfield Pamphlet Press, 1994) dates from much later but is still infused with the Zen awareness to be found in R H Blyth’s writings and the practice of such poets as Snyder and, especially, Kerouac. This chapbook features the poet’s charming and quirky line drawings as a bonus.
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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.
Dusk the arum holds its light a little longerMidnight heat the fly in the lavatory has died of itAn autumn evening the lumber men left one pine standing