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ROBERT MAJOR: COASTING THROUGH PUDDLES
Saki Press
1021 Gregory
Normal
IL 61761
USA
ISBN 1 893823 14 8
$4.50
[+ postage, 57c USA; 76c Canada; $2.55 RoW]
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ROBERT MAJOR: COASTING THROUGH PUDDLES

This booklet was a winner of the Virgil Hutton Haiku Memorial Award 2001 - 2002 and some of the haiku within have been published in anthologies or journals in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by an author who was previously Regional Coordinator for the Northwest Region of the Haiku Society of America.

The subtitle "Haiku of childhood" is unnecessary as the poems are obviously about childhood:

	Shiny red rainboots...
	he goes out of his way 
	to stomp through puddles 
 
		Standing on tiptoe
		she offers us her bouquet...
		wilting dandelions 
and span the author's own childhood and his perspective on childhood from the views of parents:
	The boys pitch their tent 
	ten steps from the kitchen door...
	first time camping out
and grandparents:
	Reading fairytale
	for the third time... grandpa caught
	skipping paragraphs
mostly aiming for the humorous or kind touch:
	Easter egg hunt;
	guiding the steps of the toddler
	who hasn't found any
These haiku are grouped together as if a sequence the poems are arranged two or three to a page with only space separating them. However, they don't cohere as a sequence and are better read singly where one or two strike a chord.

reviewer: Emma Lee.