In Print: 100 Haiku

100 Haiku
by Ray Comeau ’63

Comeau wrote this series of poems over the course of several months based on A Course in Miracles, a self-study curriculum which aims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. He blends the Haiku with photographs from the collection Theo O’Connor and Leda Robertson. Each photograph enhances the meaning of a Haiku, and each Haiku brings out the essence of the photograph. This book offers a gentle, simple introduction to A Course in Miracles.

“It would not take much to spark an inspiring burst of thought,” writes Comeau, “usually a phrase, or a sentence, from a lesson in the Course, or a passage in the Text, and occasionally from a newspaper article, or a book, or a magazine or a conversation, or just looking out the window at the scenery, the birds, the rain and snow, the sunshine.” He describes the writing experience with a phrase—”wild exactitude”—attributed to Harold Ross describing writers with whom he’d worked at the New Yorker magazine. Writes Comeau: “I experienced the wildness in the excitement of receiving these creative sparks, and the exactness in the rendering of the inspiration into 17 syllables, 5-7-5.”