An engaging sequence of haiku celebrating various English-language haiku journals by incorporating their names into the lines of each poem.
the haijin’s tweed coat
sprinkled with pine needles
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2000 (second, expanded edition), saddle-stapled, 12 pages, 5½ x 8½ inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-02-2
The sequence that makes up this book was first published in a shorter form in Modern Haiku 21:3, Autumn 1990, and then in chapbook form in 1990 and in a second, expanded edition in 2000. Most of these verses also appeared in Raw Nervz 5:2, Summer 1998, and Raw Nervz 5:3, Autumn 1998.
Winner of a 1991 Merit Book Award honourable mention (for books published in 1990) from the Haiku Society of America (for the first edition).
“Almost an overnight haiku classic, Michael Dylan Welch’s sequence depicting a haijin in which the titles of haiku magazines are named is clever without any hint of contrivance. This sequence should serve as a kind of mini trivial pursuit for haiku poets to see if they can find all the haiku magazines that are included. Welch has gifted us with a sense of fun here, and it is no small task to accomplish this while creating a haiku sequence that possesses a resonance.” —Wally Swist, Modern Haiku
“The Haijin’s Tweed Coat is very fine . . . with its unique combination of high-quality haiku and clever references to names of haiku magazines.” —Robert Spiess
“Michael captures the enthusiasm and the clarity of a true haijin, who is always noticing the small things in nature. This sequence, for me, rings as clear as the sound of a frog jumping into a pond on a crisp day. It’s the best nature sequence I’ve read in years.” —Alexis Rotella
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