The Unworn Necklace

Roberta Beary

The Unworn Necklace

80 pages
198 mm x 129 mm / 7¾" x 5⅛"
ISBN 978-1-903543-22-1

Now in its 5th printing, Roberta Beary's debut collection drew universal praise from leading figures in the worldwide haiku community when it was published in 2007. The following year it received a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America and was a finalist in the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award - the first book of haiku to receive such recognition.


The Poetry Society of America William Carlos Williams Award, Finalist

Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award

Praise for The Unworn Necklace

‘If all haiku books were so carefully crafted, we'd not have to ever make any apologies for our devotion to the genre.’
—William J. Higginson

‘Moving full circle from the opening to closing poems, this substantial collection of Roberta Beary’s haiku offers a feast for the inner eye and heart. Beary’s haiku record life passages—love and loss, anger and forgiveness, family and solitude—linking human nature and the natural world with exquisite sensitivity and striking clarity. A stunning collection!’
—Penny Harter

‘Remarkably depicted and balanced, The Unworn Necklace unravels and extends like a poignant novel. A prescription for healing, its poems seem as if they were chiseled, exhibiting just the right words. Many of these haiku will become classics, yet this is the book to tell others about right now.’
—Lenard D. Moore

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Haiku & Senryu

the sound of the name
i used to have
soft falling snow

family picnic
the new wife’s rump
bigger than mine

all day long
i feel its weight
the unworn necklace


‘Masterful haiku.’

The Unworn Necklace . . . had me riveted from the first page to the last.’

‘Highly recommended.’
Modern Haiku

‘These are haiku of the heart that quietly catch and draw the reader in.’
Haiku Canada Review

‘A 70-poem not-quite-narrative cycle that has the weight and emotional force of a novel. A sprawling & powerful novel. . . . The aesthetic here of absolutely minimal strokes accumulating to create a far more powerful picture is really overwhelming.’
—Ron Silliman