Colin Stewart Jones draws the title of this slim volume from the George Bernard Shaw quote: "Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week."

The poet then proceeds to let us accompany him as he reflects, through the next 52 weeks, on the phenomena of his inner and outer life.


New Year's Day
the crow shaking
its wings


New Year . . .
my head is still
in the old one

Each week's concerns are painted with a lightness of touch that avoids the merely confessional and lets us into his life in a manner to reveal the universality of the individual life even in its differences. Each haiku displays an assurance of control as he presents each week that fits Wordsworth's dictum, "Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility." His words are simple, the images are those of a visual artist brought together with a natural sense of the rhythm of connections and disconnections.

empty sky
lines begin to form
in my mind

I found it
without you . . .
tonight's moon

I recommend the book to everyone who wants to see how an accomplished poet sifts through moments of his daily life and creates from them resonances of the communal human experience.