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Seeds From a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and The Spiritual Journey

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A Zen Buddhist monk explains the value of haiku, a three-line, seventeen-syllable poem, as a writing meditation and spiritual guide and provides exercises to help readers compose their own haiku.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Hyperion
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Loree Burns
Sep 12, 2011 Loree Burns rated it it was amazing
I found a copy of SEEDS FROM A BIRCH TREE on the used book sale shelf of the Peacedale Public Library, where my kids and I passed a rainy August afternoon during our vacation on the Rhode Island coast. For fifty cents, it was mine, and our (wet) vacation took an unexpected and sunnier turn. The things I’d brought to read gathered dust as I communed instead with this little masterpiece. And wrote haiku.

(Me? Writing haiku? I know it sounds crazy, but …)

Strand’s thoughtful look at the form and his
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C.B. Wentworth
Feb 28, 2015 C.B. Wentworth rated it liked it
More of an opinion piece mixed with memoir than anything else, Seeds From A Birch Tree offers unique insight into the practice of writing haiku. The idea of the Haiku Mind is throughly explored through experiences of the author, Zen philosophy, and examples of modern haiku. It's a rather interesting read that gets to the heart of the haiku form, but it often wanders a little too much into a critical assessment of the continuing evolution of haiku. The author is a hardcore traditionalist that ...more
Stefani Akins
May 17, 2015 Stefani Akins rated it liked it
There is much in this little book about haiku, and yet, it never really seems to go much beyond the tedious reminder that sticking to form is everything. It contains a handful of exercises which sound useful, although I question the necessity to shlep a notebook around if one's express purpose is not to write. Overall, I enjoyed this as a quick read and for some of the excellent haiku, but I've gotten more of the haiku class I'm taking, which emphasizes principles far beyond mere counting of ...more
Oah One Artist Hand
Apr 26, 2012 Oah One Artist Hand rated it really liked it
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An enjoyable read, this is the book that introduced me to haiku.
It even inspired me to write a few of my own haikus.
It taught me how to slow down, watch and listen.
It helped me to enter that sacred place that's reserved only for me.
Rhonda
Jan 17, 2016 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Not only has this book provided the true spirit of haiku, to me it felt like being wrapped in a soft, warm blanket. I got this at my local library but after reading 50 pages I purchased my own copy!
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