Shifting Light by Hannah Mahoney

I always enjoy haiku by Hannah Mahoney, so it is a delight to see her collection SHIFTING LIGHT from Backbone Press.

I particularly am drawn to moments of self-reflection, and of sudden awareness:

what it means
to have a body
midnight snow

Children are a traditional enough topic in haiku. As more mothers write haiku, the contemporary work is even richer in this intimacy.

folding her clothes
remembering folding
her first clothes

And although we expect nature keenly observed, some of these haiku are refreshingly surprising:

receding wave
a scallop opens
its many blue eyes

With the speed of monoku, everything changes in an instant:

a swallow’s flight a leaf’s

The indigo chapbook with fluttering leaves is a pleasure to hold, but better to open. To order, go to

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