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crows at dusk: haiku of James Roderick Burns


“There’s something shocking about these haiku. Shocking in the sense that so many startle you into a new awareness, so that you see with a new intensity what before was seen but not felt. These are poems not simply to read, but to experience.”   — Diana Hendry


“The title magically transported me back to the autumn of 1680 in Edo-period Tokyo, dreaming I was in a classroom — Burns may very well have been there too — as we listened to Bashō read kare eda ni karasu no tomarikeri aki no kure . . . The haiku in crows at dusk are mellowed and matured. Reading them aloud is like sipping scotch.”

— David McMurray


How dear
the small, lit window —
how distant!

Crow strut,
crow rattle — which tale
the more telling?

In the black dale
an owl, both everywhere
and nowhere

Summer grasses
tall and defiant beyond
the mower’s reach

In the leaves’
brief trajectory,
our passage

ISBN: 978-1-958408-22-3
Pages: 112
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2023

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