Singing in the Silo by Philomene Kocher (2014, catkin press)
When a writer with a haiku heart lets you in on her process, it is a special gift to the haiku/tanka/haibun world. This is what Philomene Kocher has done. Instead of selecting ‘only her best’ work, she shows her first haiku, and lets you follow her growth in writing Japanese form.
Ms. Kocher grew up on a farm in Ontario, and many of her haiku reflect this, and speak of family joys and sadness:
U turn/ the snake slides/ over its own tail
After a death, she writes:
over the years/ the wound on the elm/ has closed and healed/ like the one in my heart
There is a tender world between the covers of Singing in the Silo, between her photo on the front cover of a lake dear to her and her sisters, and the image of the farm family’s boots on the back.