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Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart
     

Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart

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by Patricia Donegan
 

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Haiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in just three lines, can be miraculous in its power to articulate the profundity of the simplest moment—and for that reason haiku can be a useful tool for bringing us to a heightened awareness of our lives. Here, the poet Patricia Donegan shares her experience of the haiku form as a way of insight that anyone can use to

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Haiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in just three lines, can be miraculous in its power to articulate the profundity of the simplest moment—and for that reason haiku can be a useful tool for bringing us to a heightened awareness of our lives. Here, the poet Patricia Donegan shares her experience of the haiku form as a way of insight that anyone can use to slow down and uncover the beauty of ordinary moments. She presents 108 haiku poems—on themes such as honesty, transience, and compassion—and offers commentary on each as an impetus to meditation and as a key to unlocking the wonder in what we find right before us.

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Haiku Mind contains the best—the most insightful—commentary on haiku since the great works of R. H. Blyth. If you want to know what haiku is about, what a haiku can do, why haiku are important, read this book. Patricia Donegan looks into the heart of haiku by exploring outstanding individual examples with a perceptive, aware, and sensitive eye. The literary essay has never known finer moments.”—Cor van den Heuvel, editor of The Haiku Anthology 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834822351
Publisher:
Shambhala
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Series:
Shambhala Publications
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
787,322
File size:
377 KB

Read an Excerpt

Pausing



pausing

halfway up the stair—

white chrysanthemums




—Elizabeth S. Lamb







This haiku epitomizes a moment that we naturally have or that occurs naturally but that we often hurry or gloss over. Haiku awareness is a way to tune into this fleeting moment and merely appreciate what is right in front of us; in the midst of our daily life activities, the possibility to slow down, to stop, and then to appreciate naturally unfolds. For a fleeting moment we simply pause and note the sunlight on the sheets as we make the bed, note the warm sun on our cup as we sip tea, or note the fading light on the curtain as we enter the room. And we let out a breath or sigh. Pausing.

Meet the Author

Patricia Donegan is a poet, translator, and promoter of haiku as an awareness practice. She was a faculty member of East-West poetics at Naropa University under Allen Ginsberg and Chögyam Trungpa; a student of Japanese haiku master Seishi Yamaguchi; and a Fulbright scholar to Japan. She is a meditation teacher, the poetry editor for Kyoto Journal, and a member of the Haiku Society of America. Her haiku works include Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart, Chiyo-ni: Woman Haiku Master (co-translated with Yoshie Ishibashi), and Haiku: Asian Arts for Creative Kids. Her poetry collections include Without Warning, Bone Poems, and Hot Haiku.

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Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
FredRallagent More than 1 year ago
Buy this book. Allow the roar of the world to continue without you for any reason on your list. Buy this book. haiku mind provides a fantastic springboard for those who wish to learn more about poetic forms, authors ancient to recent, views from perspectives that celebrate inclusion rather than exclusion and so much more. Buy this book. Do what I did, buy a second one and give it to someone. Buy this book. You will not regret your decision.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a poem each night after dinner. It was a wonderful way to ease into the evening. Very calming. It added a sense of beauty to my day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is an American style of haiku. Basho's traditional haiku is available for those who want the traditional Japanese style. I purchased this for poetry month. It is one of those books I will enjoy reading and re- reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book sounds interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
over produced with intelletual commentary
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