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