Furrows of Snow

Furrows of Snow2019 TLP Haiku Chapbook Competition Winner

By Glenn G. Coats

In this exquisite collection, Furrows of Snow, Glenn G. Coats guides us on a meditative journey down a handful of East Coast rivers. He offers us a timeless celebration of fishing and life on the river as well as poignant reminders of our aging, as reflected in the poems about his mother.

Coats has always found solace along rivers. As a boy, he often went fishing on the Toms River as well as Barnegat Bay in New Jersey. Sometimes he went with his father or grandfather — and sometimes with his kids and grandchildren. It was always a way to unwind and relax.

Over the past 30 years, Coats has won several prizes and had innumerable poems published in journals around the world. A retired reading teacher who now resides in Carolina Springs, NC, Coats began writing seriously himself after teaching the genre to his students.

“In these delicately crafted haiku, Coats brings the reader into a contemplative space where time passes at the unhurried pace of the river,” said Susan Antolin, the judge of the 2019 contest. “You’ll be sure to enjoy this stunning collection.”

Aside from its almost 30 moving poems, the book features seven photos plus the back story of how it came to be written. You’ll find peace and comfort in these haiku poems as you meander along.

Perfect binding. 33 pp, 5.25 x 8 in.
Seven interior b&w photos

Early Praise

“With music and delicacy, Glenn Coats’ Furrows of Snow is a very compelling collection of haiku that unspools with sound, the river and a fleeting sense of time from page to page.”  Lenard D. Moore, Former President, Haiku Society of America

“The haiku in Furrows of Snow emerge from the currents of a life spent near rivers. The pleasures and sorrows of these currents deepen each time one reads them.”   Dave Russo, Board Member, The Haiku Foundation

“Glenn Coats takes us on a meandering trail of hopes, ruminations and keen observations about the rivers he has loved and his aging mother. We are privileged and moved to share his deeply-felt and poignant haiku moments.” Sonam Chhoki, Principal Editor, Cattails

Furrows of Snow offers a refreshing respite from the busyness of everyday life. Its unhurried, contemplative atmosphere makes it worth returning to—and savoring slowly..” Susan Antolin, Judge, 2019 TLP Haiku Chapbook Contest and Editor, Acorn

sample poems:

Sunday sermons
rivers that bend
my knees

melting snow
songs that are gone
by morning

summer river
I speak more slowly
to my mother

rippled water
I see mother’s cursive
in mine

quiet prayers
fish gather at the mouths
of creeks

seventy springs
the time it takes
to know the river

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