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no heroic measures: haiku of Roland Packer


“For a poet of such prominence in North American haiku, this first full-length book of haiku has been a long time coming. Packer is a master word- and idea-smith who finds meaningful relationships between images in unexpected places. His discoveries include finding ideas within words — e.g., “(belie)f” — or using typographical trickery (turning a letter “ō” sideways to make “worship” read “warship”). Truly, Packer puts the “Aha!” in “A HA!ku” — to our great delight.
— Charles Trumbull, retired editor, Modern Haiku


“Roland Packer’s no heroic measures collects some fine vispo haiku to whet your perceptions. Poems such as “newidowinterain” allow you to enact the airless density of a storm internal and external. A keen attentiveness to what is, what is, what is. Diagnostic images and images that direct “between this world and the next morphine” subvert expectations and reawaken us as we read.”
— Pearl Pirie, Quebec poet

a new date
for the Rapture

so soft the snow no heroic measures

Earth Day
a carbon hustler
selling the wind

autumn night
the gatekeeper
phones ahead

cold soup
a Boltzmann brain
thinks I am

ISBN: 978-1-958408-41-4
Pages: 134
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2024

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