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The Essential Haiku by Robert Hass
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Nov 03, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: japanese-lit, poetry, poets-laureate
Read in May, 2009 — I own a copy

Knowing my love for Japanese literature, my husband gave me this book some years ago. It was edited by one of our favorite poets, Robert Hass, which makes it that much more incredible. I think this is the best primer for haiku in English translation for any reader. I was floored by the depth, beauty, and simplicity--and challenged to make my own writing so succinct and clear.
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