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The Unswept Path: Contemporary American Haiku

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The Unswept Path is a diverse gathering of American poets who have chosen the haiku as one of the forms in which they write. This anthology presents the many faces of the haiku. Each poet chosen has worked the territory of the haiku into a personal landscape, and they offer a panorama of images and sound, joy and sadness, recollection and thought. The Unswept Path is wonde ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by White Pine Press
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Leah
Feb 17, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it
Each chapter in this anthology is written by a different poet, with a short introduction followed by a small collection of their work. Each chapter is very firmly written in the voice of its author, creating some very diverse styles of thought and subject matter, some traditional, gentle, nature-based and seasonal, some more modern, punchy and unusual, even.
The introductions to each poet are also individual and a joy to read. We have a couple who lived in a run down house in Japan for many year
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Ben Moeller-Gaa
Mar 09, 2015 Ben Moeller-Gaa rated it really liked it
I like to read as much as I can and enjoyed the trip through this anthology. While not all the poets and essays called to me, each one challenged me to self define what makes a good haiku a good haiku. What more could one ask from a book?
C.B. Wentworth
Apr 11, 2015 C.B. Wentworth rated it really liked it
A beautiful collection that explores both traditional and experimental forms of haiku. Each author's collection is prefaced by a small essay, anecdote, or prose to introduce the inspiration and/or philosophy regarding his or her writing practice. My only complaint is this little book was much too small!
CX Dillhunt
Sep 18, 2009 CX Dillhunt rated it really liked it
Worth the time; seems a good introduction into the wildness & variety of haiku. First anthology I've read of all American haiku writers from such diverse backgrounds & writing sensibilities. Breaks all the rules, follows all the rule. A short book, extremely well written haibun style both typical travel with also philopsophical introspection. Quite a find at the half price bookstore. All very strong except for Sanfield & Shiffert selections (last two); Brrandi, Corman, DiPrima & ...more
Sasha
Nov 01, 2011 Sasha rated it really liked it
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Haiku seems to be a forgotten art form, maybe because writers today have too much to say and want more room to say it. I liked the crystalline simplicity and imagery of these poems, especially those from Cid Corman. Though many of these haiku are a departure from the 17-syllable and seasonal/nature-based poems of their origins, they have evolved into a wonderfully succinct art form.
Bob Redmond
Dec 04, 2007 Bob Redmond rated it liked it
Shelves: haiku
haiku rules!
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John Brandi, poet, painter, essayist and haiku writer, has resided in New Mexico for 35 years. Over the decades his poems and essays have celebrated his rambles into the unexpected crannies of the high desert, as well as presenting his conversations with bizarre loners, spunky elders, and eccentric renegades.

As a poet, Brandi owes much to the Beat tradition, and to poets as diverse as Federico Ga
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