André Duhaime has been producing quality haiku in two languages for more than 4 decades. Pelures d’Orange / Orange Peels (Éditions Asticou, 1987) is an excellent example of his work, a flip book that reads in French in one direction and English in the other. It’s a fascinating practice to compare the two versions, suggestive of the adjustments a good poet can make in humor and acuity to achieve the nuance of a moment held in common between two sensibilities.
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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 her drawer the doll I’ve thrown out three times alreadya gold tooth leaving the dentist’s office leaves fallingfor hours the puzzle bridge projecting into nothingness