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Of this World by Richard Lewis
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Oct 14, 09

bookshelves: haiku
Read in October, 2009

Selections (in English, using common translations) of the works of my favorite Haiku master, and one of the four immortals, Issa.

The typography of this book dates it to the sixties, but that's not a bad thing.

The selections of poems is good; Lewis chooses the most popular of Issa's thousands of poems. Introductory biographical bits in each chapter are welcome except in the last section where it feels rushed.

The photographs, by Helen Buttfield, while nice on their own are oft-times unrelated to the adjoining poems.

My plea to the world: Stop making books of haiku where the photographs have nothing to do with the poems ("Hey! Here's a poem about death, let's put a picture of a child on the beach!") AND, while there are quite a few dewdrop haiku which are quite different from each other, most photographs of dewdrops -- pretty much the same (read: seen one, seen 'em all) -- how about a picture of a child on the beach? Never mind, I think.
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