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The Inevitable: haibun of Dorothy Mahoney


“Dorothy Mahoney offers us unusually gutsy haibun about how we live according to chance, and of the tragedies, and often cruel juxtapositions, we encounter daily. Her prose points out that beauty and humour exist alongside pain at all levels. Caught up in the prose, readers will be entertained, shocked, amused or challenged by the new insights created when good prose is followed by a well-linked haiku.”
— Claudia Coutu Radmore, author of the business of isness


“A fascinating episodic novel narrated in hybrid forms, The Inevitable is a welcome addition for haibun lovers. Come aboard this flight with eyes wide open and make sure to fasten your seat belt. Author Dorothy Mahoney pilots readers on a haibun-fueled journey of remarkable creativity.”

— Roberta Beary, haibun editor, Modern Haiku

from the depths

Just numbers: 10 tons and 14 metres long. A sperm whale on a beach in Uruguay; crane and bulldozer in primary colours, like children’s toys, maneuvering. Someone with outstretched arms is trying to size the tail. It has been dead for days, drifting in like a page from a storybook, the wooden boy and his father swallowed by Monstro, looking up at the cathedral of ribs.

     goliath heart
     heavier than I
     can bear

ISBN: 978-1-958408-05-6
Pages: 120
Size: 6″ x 9″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2022

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