haiku of H.F. Noyes have a distinctive ethereal quality,
beautifully exhibited by this rich collection. Several characteristics
of his haiku contribute to this quality.
He is aware of unexpected spaces delineated by his senses.
the tip of my nose
in thrush song
often reverses the dependency of one object on another.
old belltower leans against
a broken ladder
the brook wanders off
its shimmer lingers
particularly sees shadows as more substantial and active
than the objects that cast them.
the cat stretches into
beside its shadow
shadow each stone
the moonshiners rowboat
moored to its shadow
to the ethereal quality is his tendency to write about experiences
just barely perceived.
the creak of my boots
invades the stars
smoothing the oilcloth
my hand remembers
walking it home in the breeze
its little whisper
the following haiku he even perceives his loss of awareness
as he lets himself be burdened with the heavy load of winning
the tug with its haul of logs
gone out of sight
haiku also exude strength. While he is a master at contrasting
images, his haiku that I enjoy most contrast these images
in fresh ways.
even the back of his head
Milky Way streams
a farmer bends to his work
widening a ditch
highly recommend this collection of ethereal yet powerful