Our Book of the Week is the final version of John Bird’s Haiku Dreaming Australia, his attempt at a collection of distinctively Australian haiku, begun in 2006 and suspended in 2011. It also contains the archive of all the poems accepted for publication and then replaced by others during that five year period. Worried by the trend toward a homogeneous, global haiku, Bird hoped to foster a greater feeling among Australian haiku poets of the importance of preserving a sense of their distinctive environment and culture in their haiku. The collection also contains several essays by Bird on various related haiku subjects.
red dawn –
the aborigine casts
a long shadow
cave wall the outline of an empty hand
last rites –
incense dilutes the reek
of irish whiskey
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 Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission