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Invisible Dictionary — Revised Edition: Haibun of Stuart Bartow


“Wander the woods with Stuart Bartow, who is two parts down home philosopher and one part mad scientist. His prose poems juxtapose family and critters with black holes, star nebulae, and ruminate on the human species and alien life. He’s gathered his best haibun in this (expanded) single collection.”
— Tom Sacramona, Editor, bottle rockets


“Sometimes I have to put my foot down on the floor to keep from drifting off,” writes the author in a poem from Invisible Dictionary. But, oh how fortunate his readers are that he occasionally lifts his feet to let his mind wander. In a world that clamors for answers this is a book for those who revel in the speculation of unknowing. From teeming insects to galaxies in their billions, his poetic musings are by times intriguing, surprising — even startling! In this expanded and revised edition of Stuart Bartow’s beguiling first collection of haibun we get even more of what we came for, nearly twice as much. And in this case more is more.


My sister’s body, overdosed on heroin, had been found in an abandoned house. A couple days after the funeral I was driving my 15-year-old niece to her friend’s house when she asked if I thought her mother would go to hell. No, I replied, she’ll go to heaven, but she’ll have to stand in line for a long time.

a wobbly V of geese
in the wrong direction

ISBN: 978-1-947271-90-6
Pages: 184
Size: 6″ x 9″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2022; Revised Second Edition 2024

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