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The Haiku Year by Michael Stipe
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Apr 23, 11

bookshelves: poetry, 2011, 日本, zen
Recommended for: post-modernist poets
Read from April 20 to 22, 2011, read count: 1

Infuriating, really infuriating. Western Haiku writers have yet to work out how the form works in English and that provokes both creativity and clunkiness - this book has both in equal measure.

The form in English is developing all the time but I don't think that the less rule-bound Western poetic mind will allow for the structures that give Eastern haiku their beauty to be imposed here. This will always result in collections that are at turns beautiful, crazy, poignant, useless, heartfelt and "experimental".

Some of the poems in this book are insightful haiku and some are just painful three line poems - all of them, though, are worth a read. At least once.
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