Presents of Mind, Haiku by Jim Kacian

Jim Kacian begins Presents of Mind with Presence, a prose poem.

He develops the thought that
. . . haiku can be poised
between language and silence

With Jim’s kind permission, here is a selection of haiku from his book:

New Year’s Day

morning thaw
deer tracks
full of sun

sudden snow
narcissus blossoms
on the radiator


marking time
to the wind’s waltz

gentle rain
the new seedbed
smoothed over


shimmering heat
a willow dips its branches
into the stream

the lake laps
all night the same
quiet thoughts


falling leaves
the house comes
out of the woods

birds appear
and disappear
tilting axis


on the winter moor
by the wind

weed stalks
holding up
snow flowers

the poem at the book’s beginning,
ends with these lines:

Where silence is shared
we are all present.

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Presents of Mind was published in 1996 and 2006 by Red Moon Press in Winchester VA, USA.  Jim Kacian is the owner and publisher of this distinguished press.  When I asked for permission to share some of his haiku with you, he mentioned that this book is now out of print.  Perhaps you would like to browse and learn of other books at Red Moon Press.  Many authors are represented, and there is a wide variety of books.

Post updated on November 24, 2015.