A Ragbag of Haiku

First published in Woodnotes #22, Autumn 1994, page 42. + +

A Ragbag of Haiku by Brian Tasker. Bare Bones Press, 1994, 64 pages, handtied paperback,5¾ by 4 inches. $8.00 postpaid in bills from the author at 16 Wren Close, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2UZ, England [address no longer correct]. A collection of the best poems from Brian Tasker’s previous books, showcased at one per page inside a gorgeous cover of Indian rag paper with pressed marigolds. “These are the ones I still like,” says the author, and they are worth liking. Many rich moments imbued with the flavor of spiritual transcendence.

the smiling doctor

waves me into his room;

the grey afternoon light

high tide

over and over

the shifting shingle