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spirit level: haiku of Benedict Grant


I’ve never met Benedict Grant. All I know of him is spirit level. It is enough to tell me he is a kindred soul and worthy of close and respectful attention.   — John Stevenson


Shortlisted for a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award 2022 from The Haiku Foundation!

It is hard to credit that spirit level is a first collection of haiku. With economy and a deft touch Benedict Grant reflects — and reflects upon — the life of a family across three generations, with its shadows as well as its felicities.   — Dee Evetts

cutting the cord
of an old life

holding my breath
as long as I can . . .

a love letter
in your younger hand
another country

i love me
i love me not
spirit level

ISBN: 978-1-947271-98-2
Pages: 86
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2022

‘As a first book, spirit level possesses an unexpected assuredness of voice that belies the difficult and personal subject matter. […] spare, sharp poems that pack a punch. […] A notable debut.’

— Kristen Lindquist, Frogpond 46:1


‘If haiku is about what’s left unsaid, this one takes “best in class”. […] I had to tone down my notes, which went over the top at first writing. […] There’s not a poem that doesn’t hit the mark. The one-liners are exquisite, offering multiple meanings without more than a breath.’

— Sandra Stephenson,  Haiku Canada Review 16:2

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