Andrew T. Roy explains in his introduction that he “wrote a good many of these haiku during [his] forty-two year stay on mainland China and in Hong Kong as a missionary, from 1931 to 1972.” This small, holographic, hand-bound chapbook (designed and printed by Rosemary C. Anderson, 2001) was in honor of Dr. Roy’s 97th birthday. There is a Chinese quality to the poems, as they are perhaps slightly more expansive and philosophical than is usual in Japanese (or Western) examples.
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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.
On black silk water the Li River bears mountains flat and upside down.The hawk floats, resting on the sun-warmed lift of air until a hare runs.Melting snow slides down the golden temple roof tiles and softly plummets.