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Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku
     

Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku

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by Bruce Ross
 

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Kagero Nikki, translated here as The Gossamer Years, belongs to the same period as the celebrated Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikuibu.

This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing

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Kagero Nikki, translated here as The Gossamer Years, belongs to the same period as the celebrated Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikuibu.

This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses.

Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, this beautiful (and unnamed) noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy.

A classic work of early Japanese prose, The Gossamer Years is an important example of the development of Heian literature, which, at its best, represents an extraordinary flowering of realistic expression, an attempt, unique for its age, to treat the human condition with frankness and honesty. A timeless and intimate glimpse into the culture of ancient Japan, this translation by Edward Seidensticker paints a revealing picture of married life in the Heian period.

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"Haiku Moment is a landmark work [which] is recommended for anyone who wishes to read some of the best examples of haiku written in English." —Professor Makoto Ueda, Editor, Basho and His Interpreters

"Haiku Moment is an impressive collection of haiku authored by the largest group of North American haiku poets...ever assembled in one volume." —Cor van den Heuvel, Editor, The Haiku Anthology

"In addition to the superb collection of haiku,...the editor's Introduction is a masterful essay on North American English-language haiku and the intrinsic attributes of Japanese haiku that should be incorporated in our Western haiku." —Robert Spiess, Editor, Modern Haiku

"Bruce Ross has done a remarkably thorough job..." —George Swede, Editor, Canadian Haiku Anthology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462903191
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
07/15/1993
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
2 MB

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