ISBN: 978-1-931247-98-6

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ABOUT Gary Hotham:

Gary Hotham has been busy working the art and craft of English language haiku for over 40 years now. His work has appeared in various magazines, journals, chapbooks and anthologies since then. Two longer collections of his work have been published: Breath Marks: Haiku to Read in the Dark in 1999 and Spilled Milk: Haiku Destinies in 2010.

He spent his youth in northern Maine but has since made his home in Maryland with some breaks living with wife and daughter for various lengths of time in Japan, Germany and England.


Pecan Grove Press

Nothing More Happens in the 20th Century: Haiku Dangers
by Gary Hotham

$8

"There is nothing everyday in everyday things—not if you have a sense for the sensation of being. Gary Hotham not only has got that sense, he’s got the ability besides to evoke that sensation in his tiny reports of reality. He did not have to prove that again. But I’m happy he did."

—Max Verhart

"Gary Hotham works with quick incisive brushstrokes. In his poems we see a world we recognize, but often we forget to take the time to look. His poems remind us we should be seeing more."

— Jonathan Greene

"Readers of contemporary haiku in English can welcome this new collection by Gary Hotham. In our language, haiku’s structure of juxtaposition is expressed in the sparest of lines. That moment of grace or Zen—the essence—is more important than a syllable count, and Hotham is a master of its understated simplicity. Where each haiku is its own universe, when read in sequence, through the cycles of the changing seasons, his poems quietly share a loved one’s illness as naturally as a morning glory or snow. These kigo—season words—make several appearances, and each new guise recalls the old one. The dew of the first haiku, near 'the danger sign' reappears later at 'a small curve in the path' from which “we” recall that 'we haven’t walked anywhere/ the dew hasn’t been[.]' These are poems to read and to re-read; this, a book to own and to give."

—Maxianne Berger

 

from Nothing More Happens in the 20th Century by Gary Hotham

 

our breath in the same air—
the chrysanthemums
have stopped blossoming

 

~

 

in the row of cars—
the dry spot
her car left


 

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