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where i leave off: monoku and haibun of Jim Kacian



waar ik ophoud / where i leave off is the seminal first exploration of monoku as a viable resource in Western-language haiku, by the poet who coined the term. This reprint includes both Dutch and English texts, and reformats the contents to create a more pleasant reading experience. It also includes several examples of one-bun, also the poet’s invention, which recasts English-language haibun in an enterprising way. This version is a faithful reproduction of the original Dutch volume from 2010 from the important Dutch imprint ’t schrijverke, operated by Max Verhart in ’s Hertogenbosch until his death in 2018.

sneeuwlicht de dingen schijnen zo ach geen idee

snowlight things seem so oh i don’t know

een geweerschot even lang als het meer

gunshot the length of the lake

pijn vervaagt de dagen terug naar de wildernis

pain fading the days back to wilderness


plaatst ons midden in het duister, bakt ons oranje — een excuus om lang op te blijven, de dag te rekken voor iets nutteloos, voor de lol, voor verhalen, zomaar

nachtwolken verdwenen het aanbod aan oneindigheid


centers us in the dark, bakes us orange — an excuse for staying up late, for extending the day for something not useful, for fun, for stories, for the hell of it

night clouds gone the supply of infinity

ISBN: 978- 94-90607-02-9
Pages: 150
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2021 (reprint/revision of the 2010 volume)

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