In addition to The Spring of My Life, the translator has included more than 160 of Issa's best haiku and an introduction providing essential information on Issa's life and valuable comments on translating (and reading) haiku.
With two hundred sixty haiku and haiku-inspired poems, Swaying Branches, Rustling Leaves offers insightful observations of everyday and uncommon moments presented with humor, joy, and clarity.
Ranging from the traditional to flexible verse, this book explores the simple marvel and delight present in the world in and around us if we but look.
Swaying Branches, Rustling Leaves is for those who wish to experience the heart of each instant that the mind may open and become still.
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We work hard at our jobs, and in return we are frequently plagued by bad coffee, strange smells, paper cuts, other people, and, at least once a week, Mondays. So what better way to tackle the absurdities of the modern workplace--to get a little peace!--than with Zen poetry? In the first poetry collection to do just that, Office Haiku contains witty haiku divided into chapters including "Monday Mornings Suck," "Paper Cuts, Office Equipment, and Other Maladies," "Existential Malaise," "Departmental Meetings," and, of course, "Anywhere But Here."
Informed by a lifetime of work, James Rogauskas's haiku speak for themselves (and everyone else):
Sitting at my desk
As proudly as any serf
On his scrap of dirt.
"This has to go out"?
And I was waiting for desk
Fairies to type it.
I sit wondering;
Can someone die of boredom?
Only time will tell.
If I could read minds,
I would certainly have a
Better job than this.
"I thought I knew all the reasons to hate cubicle life, but James Rogauskas have given me a pork barrel full of laughs to ease my deary Monday mornings. This book should be required reading for all corporate managers!"--Mary K Witte, author of Redneck Haiku: Double-Wide Edition
Unsolicited relationship advice from relatives, disastrous dates, men who wear thumb rings, and the moments of deep satisfaction when a single girl realizes that she can do whatever she wants with her time- it's all here in Haiku for the Single Girl. Reading this brilliantly incisive and wittily illustrated collection, every woman- whether single or not-will laugh until she cries, and then start laughing all over again.