The Scare Crow, A Collection of Haiku and Senryu, edited and compiled by Leroy kanterman, is our Book of the Week. Leroy’s selection includes works from the old masters, as well as by contemporary English language haiku poets, and shows the range and diversity of treatments possible for a single, defined subject when approached through the haiku lens. A special introduction to scarecrows as practical objects, and as objects of art, by John Stevenson rounds out the contents of this 1999 themed collection from Red Moon Press.
At the end of the book, you can read Ruth Latta’s essay “Farewell to the Scarecrow”, a plea that this venerable poetic symbol be retired, with honour, from the field of modern poetry.
in the scarecrow’s mouth
of winter wind
–William K. Ramsey
the full moon
the scarecrow stands
the scarecrow’s hat
off with the birds
–Ernest J. Berry
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.