Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac
This unique anthology contains over one thousand haiku and related poems by more than six hundred poets living in fifty countries and writing in twenty-five languages, presented in both English and their original languages. It demonstrates how a tradition begun hundreds of years ago in Japan has now become international.
These highly condensed poems often hinge on words or...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Kodansha International (JPN)
(first published November 1996)
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William J. Higginson's book attempts to serve as a bridge of insight, understanding and utility in the reading and writing of Japanese-style haiku, senryu, renku, etc. around the world. Rather than indulging in the all-too-common practice of restrictive rule sets on the reading, understanding and creation of these art forms, Higginson's work attempts to show the diversity of the world's collected body of poetic works in these forms to open up the possibilities for its future rather than perpetua...more
I've read parts of it. It's basically a companion book to Higginson's HAIKU SEASONS. It's essentially an English saijiki, which is a kind of encyclopedia or almanac of words that have seasonal references or implied connections to nature. There are charts and explanations of why these words work, especially if they are specific to Japan, but most of the words can be specific globally as well.