Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems
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Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems

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This celebration of what is perhaps the most influential of all poetic
forms takes haiku back to its Japanese roots, beginning with poems by
the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century masters Basho, Busson, and
Issa, and going all the way up to the late twentieth century to provide
a survey of haiku through the centuries, in all its minimalist glory.
The translators have balanced

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Published June 22nd 2011 by Shambhala Publications, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Opening their hearts
Ice and water become
Friends again - Teishitsu

Not in a hurry
To blossom
Plum tree at my gate - Issa

Both partners
Sport whiskers
Cats' love - Raizan

A camelia falls
Spilling out
Yesterday's rain - Buson

Could they be sutras?
In the temple well
Frogs chant - Kansetsu

On the brushwood gate
In place of a lock
One snail - Issa

Inhaling clouds
Exhaling clouds
Mountaintop pines - Anonymous

The old dog
Leading the way
Visiting family graves - Issa

The autumn wind
Takes the shape
Of pampas grass - Kigin

I have never cared much for poetry, but wow. It turns out that I looooove Japanese haiku. (I think if I'd known that haiku are usually about the seasons and nature, I might have gotten interested sooner.) These poems are so simple and beautiful. Since they're only three short lines, they're very much like snapshots, and the scene that pops into your head is as much a part of the poem as the actual words. Just gorgeous.
Ah! Beautiful!
What a delightful collection of Haiku to stimulate my interest in the form. The double bonus is the simple, yet gorgeous sketches throughout the work. This one will sit on my end table for many years to come!
Arthur Johnson
If you love Haiku, then this is the ultimate anthology. I can't recommend this book more. I have it both on my Kindle, and on my bookshelf. All the greats are here, including Basho.
Quick reading. Some very enjoyable haiku. The introduction was interesting in the discussion of the role of translation in regard to the poetic meter of haiku, which is something I have often wondered about. Hard to make a literary translation and keep a 5-7-5 meter.
Elizabeth Licata
good translation, but the selection was limited to a couple dozen authors.
A nice collection by topic, although without the original Japanese phonetics.
A mother's day gift from number one son.
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