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June 5, 2024 
 

Haiku

Geoffrey Philp

Between Babylon
and the sea, I’ve built a home
with the sea’s whispers.

Copyright © 2024 by Geoffrey Philp. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on June 5, 2024, by the Academy of American Poets. 

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“Before my morning walk, I usually begin my day by reading a haiku by Matsuo Bashō, Kobayashi Issa, or Fukuda Chiyo-ni. In the morning when I wrote this haiku, I’d read Bashō’s ‘death poem.’ As I stood atop the mound in Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach, I began to think about writing my own death poem to capture the contradictions of my identity and to pay homage to the practice that has shaped my life and work.”
—Geoffrey Philp

Geoffrey Philp

Geoffrey Philp is a Jamaican American poet and the author of Archipelagos (Peepal Tree Press, 2023). The recipient of several awards, including the Silver Musgrave Medal and the 2022 Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence in Education, he lives in Miami, Florida.

Archipelagos

Archipelagos
(Peepal Tree Press, 2023)



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