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Shades of Absence, haibun of Harriot West


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Winner of a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award 2018!

Winner of a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award 2019 (First Place) for Best Book of Haibun!

“Harriot West’s art is to layer minutely observed details in the service of subtlety and ambiguity. Every detail is a clue in a tiny mystery, one whose solution we intuit but that is never made explicit. This, we realize at last, is the nature of life . . .”
— Melissa Allen

“I am both bruised and stilled after reading West’s Shades of Absence, not from any trace of sentimentality but by her fierce intelligence and poignant insight. I found mysself in these narratives and epiphanies of belonging and identity, of childhood, love and mortality and I know myelf a little more from reading them.”
— Lynne Rees

          olly olly oxen free
          wanting, not wanting
          to go home

                    bone china
                    things we speak of
                    things we don't

maybe he says i insert ellipses

ISBN: 978-1-947271-22-7
Pages: 78
Size: 6" x 9"
Binding: perfect softbound

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

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