BIRD’S NEST (pages 75–76)
an old woolen sweater
taken yarn by yarn
from the snowbank
About the preceding poem, Higginson notes that this poem “illustrates an indirect or unstated reference to a seasonal topic” (page 75).
APPLE (specifically, crabapple) (pages 215–216)
a crab apple
from the highest branch
rattles down the rain spout
ELDERLY (specifically, old folks’ home) (pages 314–315)
old folks’ home—
the square of light
crosses the room
William J. Higginson concludes the preface to Haiku World by saying the following (page 18):
I hope that The Haiku Seasons and Haiku World promote a deep understanding of haiku and the closely related poetry of hokku and senryu. This understanding may inform and assist in the creative process, but is not intended to limit or hamper that process. Do not put history, theory, or organization between yourself and Bashō’s pine tree but use these and all such books to help you go out and find the pine tree, so that you may "learn of the pine" sooner, and more richly.