Haiku Anthology

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"Generous, irreplaceable. . . . It's an eye-opener and a who's-who of haiku today."—Providence Sunday Journal
Originally a Japanese form that flourished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, haiku has recently experienced tremendous growth in popularity in the English language. The Haiku Anthology, first published in 1974, is a landmark work in modern haiku, honoring a genre of poetry that celebrates simplicity, emotion, and imagery—in which only a few words convey worlds of mystery and meaning. This third...

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Overview

"Generous, irreplaceable. . . . It's an eye-opener and a who's-who of haiku today."—Providence Sunday Journal
Originally a Japanese form that flourished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, haiku has recently experienced tremendous growth in popularity in the English language. The Haiku Anthology, first published in 1974, is a landmark work in modern haiku, honoring a genre of poetry that celebrates simplicity, emotion, and imagery—in which only a few words convey worlds of mystery and meaning. This third edition, now completely revised and updated, comprises 850 haiku and senryu (a related genre, usually humorous and concerned with human nature) written in English by 89 poets, including the top haiku writers of the American past and present. A new foreword details developments since the publication of the last edition. "Each of these perfect little poems will come as a revelation to the uninitiated reader and will bring joy to the haiku enthusiast. . . . This is an exceptional selection of English-language haiku at its finest."—Library Booknotes

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
In the foreword to this third edition, we are told, "haiku is basically about living with intense awareness, about having an openness to the existence around us." Often, these poems are about our relation to the natural world. These haiku, all originally written in English, clearly demonstrate that suggestive images leave the task to the reader, giving only a taste or visual sensation. The haiku distills the essence of an experience and brings us to the present moment. The popularity of haiku in America is evident in the number of conferences devoted solely to this art form. And so, collections like these are sure to attract many readers. van den Heuvel goes on to tell us that the traditional haiku of 17 syllables is not necessarily how it is written here. Following is a one-line haiku by Matsuo Allard: "an icicle the moon drifting through it." Also present in this collection are senryu, haiku's "sister genre," characterized by a focus on human relationships rather than nature. They are often humorous. Karen Shone's piece is a good example: "the men on both sides/ have taken/ my armrests." van den Heuvel appends a list of books, magazines and haiku presses as well as biographical entries for each poet. He also includes a few pages of definitions as written by The Haiku Society of America. This collection is a welcome addition to haiku anthologies, especially with its focus on North American writers. It provides an interesting contrast to traditional Japanese haiku and could be used to that effect in literature classes. It's also a great book to pick up in the midst of an imagined crisis to find: "A long wedge of geese;/straw-gold needles of the larch/ on the flowing stream."KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Norton, 363p, notes, 18cm, 98-50927, $15.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Sue E. Budin; YA Libn., Ann Arbor P.L., Ann Arbor, MI, March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
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Compiles 850 poems written in English by North American poets in the genre that originally became popular in Japan in the 17th and 18th centuries, and a related form that is usually humorous and concerned with human nature. Van den Heuvel is a past president of the Haiku Society of America. The first edition appeared in 1974. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393321180
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 682,464
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

A Note on the Selection and Layout of the Poems

Foreword to the Third Edition

Book List, with Haiku Presses and Organizations

Preface to the Second Edition

Introduction to the First Edition

The Haiku Anthology

The Haiku Society of America Definitions

Biographical Notes

Acknowledgments

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