HAIKU WONDER contains over eight hundred O'Brien haikus. Now the plight of the natural world is on Pete's mind, and he is healed in his meditations on it and on mundanity as he walks in the woods. Here salavation lies in roaring wranglestamples, towering basketball players with Saskatchewan just above their heads, and light blue elephants rarely to be seen at airports.

Inside this book...

61

in the middle of

a thank you, something like a

hope that is rising

 

62

​i came here to write

a poem, but when i saw

your words mine left me

63

how did the poem

go? i'm afraid i'll ne'er know

(and i turn to go)

 

64

what seems to be the

problem? see the gray kittens

just chasing the sun?

​65

​i inch towards the

dragon as i become an

invisible knight?

66

​offset by the one

resolution, a ready

supposition: us

67

quiet in the night,

unquiet dreams that refuse

sleep unfold and breathe

 

68

quiet in the night,

sense leaves the table for a

lute as't gets the vibe

69

here and there the dark

ribbon of a thing unwinds

like a sudden plot

 

70

dark as the sometimes

thread of a ponderous sound

before cheerful doves

 

71

out at night and the sky opens with a memory?

 

72

if your heart is on

fire, catch it before the man

on the stairs falls down!

(and if all goes well,

he won't fall, in fact i'm sure

he doesn't, fear not)

73

"catch me o'er there!" (who

lays a pencil down and sobs

about a nothing?)

 

74

​on a tired sunday,

the horn's opus number is

ninety-two point one

 

75

uncomfortable

and locked in prison, people

clad in stark nightmares

 

76

is quintessential

the lubrication of fast

movements in the dark?

77

the euphoria

of snails is oft to be seen

when they're on lettuce

 

78

have you smelled enough

of the sound of the sight? or is 

it bubbly or gone?

79

​frère jacques, dor-

mez-vou is the comb's swift stroke

on the eighteenth cue!

An excerpt from HAIKU WONDER.

Copyright 2020 by Pete O'Brien. All Rights Reserved.

Product Details

Ebook

$9.99

Nov. 15, 2019

222 Pages

ISBN 9781951390037

Paperback

$19.00

Nov. 12, 2019

214 Pages, 5.06x7.81

ISBN 9781951390020

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