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Baseball Haiku

Baseball Haiku

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by Nanae Tamura
     
 

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Presenting more than two hundred of the greatest haiku ever written about the game.
One of the most unusual baseball books of the 2007 season, this remarkable new collection, which includes poems from both America and Japan, captures perfectly the thrill of baseball—a double play, a game of catch, or the hushed pause as a pitcher looks in before hurling his

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Presenting more than two hundred of the greatest haiku ever written about the game.
One of the most unusual baseball books of the 2007 season, this remarkable new collection, which includes poems from both America and Japan, captures perfectly the thrill of baseball—a double play, a game of catch, or the hushed pause as a pitcher looks in before hurling his pitch. Like haiku, the game is concerned with the nature of the seasons: joyous in the spring, thrilling in summer's heat, ripening with the descent of fall, and remembered fondly in winter. Featuring the work of Jack Kerouac, the king of the Beat writers, who penned the first American baseball haiku, and Alan Pizzarelli, a major American haiku poet, the collection also includes Masaoka Shiki, one of the four great pillars of Japanese haiku, who fell in love with baseball when he was a student in Tokyo. Baseball Haiku, a literary and baseball treasure, will make a marvelous gift for the baseball fan in your family.

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Library Journal

Not one of those parody collections, this is a gathering of elegantly observed moments capturing the interplay between baseball and the other seasons: "summer afternoon/ the long fly ball to center field/ takes its time." This collection will inspire some ball fans to be poets and some poets to be ballplayers. With excellent intros about the poetic forms and their practitioners.


—Bob Cottrell, Margaret Heilbrun, Paul Kaplan, Gilles Renaud Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393062199
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Nanae Tamura is a columnist for the haiku magazine Shiki Shimppo (The Shiki Newsletter) and contributed to If Someone Asks...Masaoka Shiki's Life and Haiku. She lives in Matsuyama, Japan.

The editor of The Haiku Anthology, Cor van den Heuvel is an award-winning haiku poet living in New York City.

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Baseball Haiku 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A young friend gave me this book. I've enjoyed it, and bought another for a friend who is a budding writer. Perfect for baseball fans of all ages. Think it may prompt an interest in readers writing their own haiku.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
From the second you lay eyes on the cover, you know something special awaits you inside. This book captures the pulse of baseball and the feeling you get when you play the game. What I at first believed to be an odd mix 'sports & poetry', turned out to be a pleasing blend of language and line drives.