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helices, haiku by George Swede


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Winner of a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award 2017 (First Place) for Best Book of Haiku!

George Swede is one of the most prolific and beloved poets working in haiku today. helices is his 39th volume of poems (the vast majority primarily haiku), and his first collection for Red Moon Press. Using the recurrent metaphor of the helix, that structural arabesque that is central to the functioning of our genetic material, Swede teases out the intricate interconnections of relationships, human and otherwise. In so doing, he also stakes another claim for haiku as a vital contemporary art.

“[His] particular strength is in exploring the mind.”
— C. van den Heuvel, New York Times, 1987

     sandcastle my carefully constructed self

          wedding photo kiss
          the merger of our

unnoticed in the flowerbed bomb’s brain splatter

                    the day begins . . .
                    descendants of dinosaurs
                    darting, singing

ISBN: 978-1-936848-70-6
Pages: 118
Size: 4.25" x 6.5"
Binding: perfect softbound

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This reprinted edition may vary slightly in format, but contains all the content of the original Red Moon Press edition.

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