The Scenes and Sentiments [SANDS] that led to the creation of each of these works are included to illustrate the process leading to such verbal framing. It should, however, be noted that most were written in and about Japan as seen through “blue eyes” so that they may vary significantly from a similar view as seen through Japanese eyes.
Readers with artistic or illustrative skill and a “suggestive technique” are encouraged to try their hand at creating a haiga [Haiku-esque Artwork] in the open space on each page. Simple, yet providing a deeper sense of place and feeling, a haiga, with its informal and modest brush or pen work, possesses a “Suggestive Brevity” that can infuse the appropriate haiku with a previously unknown effect.
at our moon viewing party
and one at a time
In Basho in America, 17th century haiku master Matsuo Basho leaves his Lake Biwa abode of illusion to visit an abode of illusion on Lake George.In this stunning collection Sander Zulauf makes a convincing bid to become our American Basho. Poem after brief poem struck me right between the eyes, with shocks of recognized truth.
The practice or technique of Haiku is readily understood, with stylistic characteristics quite elementary. There is much satisfaction derived from the creative process, appealing format and dynamism of these verses. For readers and writers of Haiku it is an uplifting engagement with the aesthetics of nature. When creatively involved, we also grow as persons in touch with the artistic longings of our human nature.
This book teaches how to relate to and carefully consider that natural world all around us. You will learn to communicate these observations and personal visions with sentiment and succinctly,as a poet would. Indeed, the volume is dedicated to all of us, the poet of any kind in every heart. Its contents will thrill and enthrall you with compelling insights to the method, striking examples of this sublime little art form.
Who doesn’t love haiku? It is not only America’s most popular cultural import from Japan but also our most popular poetic form: instantly recognizable, more mobile than a sonnet, loved for its simplicity and compression, as well as its ease of composition. Haiku is an ancient literary form seemingly made for the Twittersphere—Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes wrote them, Ezra Pound and the Imagists were inspired by them, Hallmark’s made millions off them, first-grade students across the country still learn to write them. But what really is a haiku? Where does the form originate? Who were the original Japanese poets who wrote them? And how has their work been translated into English over the years? The haiku form comes down to us today as a cliché: a three-line poem of 5-7-5 syllables. And yet its story is actually much more colorful and multifaceted. And of course to write a good one can be as difficult as writing a Homeric epic—or it can materialize in an instant of epic inspiration.
In On Haiku, Hiroaki Sato explores the many styles and genres of haiku on both sides of the Pacific, from the classical haiku of Basho, Issa, and Zen monks, to modern haiku about swimsuits and atomic bombs, to the haiku of famous American writers such as J. D. Salinger and Allen Ginsburg. As if conversing over beers in your favorite pub, Sato explains everything you wanted to know about the haiku in this endearing and pleasurable book, destined to be a classic in the field.
This incident—often called the Ako Incident—became a symbol of samurai honor andat once prompted stage dramatization in kabuki and puppet theater. It has since has been told and retold in short and long stories, movies, TV dramas. The story has also attracted the attention of foreign writers and translators. The most recent retelling was the 2013 Hollywood film 47 Ronin, with Keanu Reeves, though it was wildly and willfully distorted.
What did actually happen and how has this famous vendetta resonated through history? Hiroaki Sato's examination is a close, comprehensive look at the Ako Incident through the context of its times, portraits of the main protagonists, and its literary legacy in the haiku ofthe avengers. Also included is Sato's new translation of Akutagawa Ryunosuke's short story about leader Oishi Kuranosuke as he awaited sentencing.
The selections range from the first fully realized haiku in English, Ezra Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro,” to plentiful examples by haiku virtuosos such as John Wills, Marlene Mountain, Nick Virgilio, and Raymond Roseliep, and to investigations into the genre by eminent poets like John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, and Seamus Heaney. The editors explore the genre’s changing forms and themes, highlighting its vitality and its breadth of poetic styles and content. Among the many poems on offer are organic form experiments by E. E. Cummings and Michael McClure, evocations of black culture by Richard Wright and Sonia Sanchez, and the seminal efforts of Jack Kerouac.
While Garden Haiku addresses parents and writes about young children, it is meant for everyone to enjoy. The themes and values are universal: we all grow from childhood to adulthood, and we are all our own best parents. We need to be nurturing and assuring people who believe in ourselves and support our dreams. Wang revives golden virtues with original poetic lucidity to bring Zen to parenting:
Patience is to
Have no expectations
But greater acceptance
Children can devil or angel be
Put your hands on their backs
The touch of their wings
Wang equates parents with gardeners whose sole purpose is to nurture tender buds into full bloom. While we have our childrens futures in our hands, they also have ours in theirs. A modern Zen classic, Garden Haiku is every caregivers poetic manual on the art of parenting.
Midwest Book Review
Just right for parents.
Kirkus Book Reviews
Distills magic into three-line poems celebrating life.
Abigail Friedman was an American diplomat in Tokyo, not a writer. A chance encounter leads her to a haiku group, where she discovers poetry that anyone can enjoy writing. Her teacher and fellow haiku group members instruct her in seasonal flora and fauna, and gradually she learns to describe the world in plain words, becoming one of the millions in Japan who lead a haiku life. This is the author’s story of her literary and cultural voyage, and more: it is an invitation to readers to form their own neighborhood haiku groups and, like her, learn to see the world anew.
"...A deft and seamless merging of genres: at once memoir, travel literature, and an unpretentious guide onto the terrain of Japanese poetry. It will appeal not just to poetry lovers, but to all readers who are curious about the world beyond their own borders." -- Foreword Magazine
"Friedman is an appealing guide through an alternate Japan where modern people make poems about teacups and temples but also about skyscrapers and kidney surgery." -- East Bay Express
"The book is not designed to make the reader a poet, but it does, perhaps, help us to pay more attention to our poetical eye." -- BiblioBuffet
"The Haiku Apprentice gives the reader an original, thoughtful and personal glimpse of one expat’s productive encounter with Japan." -- Metropolis
"...Notable for its frankness and enthusiasm...Friedman has made a lively narrative out of the things she learned..." -- The Japan Times
A renowned poet shares his experience of haiku and its potential to surprise us again and again into a sudden awakening and thus to a deeper sense of what it is to be truly alive. His remarkably refreshing insights have delighted confreres around the world.