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By the Way: haiku of Kevin Bailey


“Bailey combines a classical restraint with exuberant sensuality and a romantic tenderness . . .”
— D. M. Thomas

“. . . poems . . . as good as any I’ve read in a long time — pure, translucent, economical and erotic.”
— Al Alvarez


dusk falls between
high hedges — our parting draws
yet another tear

“But whose tear? The girl’s? The man’s? Or could it be both? I prefer to think so. Kevin is a very special kind of male whose sensibility is so acute, it allows him to share the profoundest feelings in a woman. That is something very rare, and it is what makes these haiku, too, both earthy and rarified.”

— James Kirkup

on the bed-side table
fifty years my friend
the ticking watch

spasm — the wind
t w i s t s
the yew tree . . .

falling may blossom —
my daughter’s hand
tired of waving

on this old sick bed
seeing you only in dreams
I fall with the rain

ISBN: 978-1-958408-20-9
Pages: 100
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2023

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