Haiku Hi, Koo!

I found a copy of Jon J Muth’s Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons (Scholastic, 2014) at my local Friends of the Library used book sale and so enjoyed reading it. As Mr. Muth explains in the Author’s Note, it is not a book of traditional haiku written in three lines with five, seven, and five on, or syllables. This is because modern haiku no longer limits poets to this strict structure. Haiku, he says, “is like an instant captured in words . . ..” It “embodies a moment of emotion that reminds us” that people are part of nature, and vice versa. From “Autumn” through “snowfall,” “New leaves,” and “Tiny lights,” he captures in a non-traditional way the seasonal shifts with brevity, clarity, and emotion.

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