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Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa
     

Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa

by David G. Lanoue
 
No mere "child's poet," Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) is an aware and committed artist who celebrates, in a lifetime of haiku, the "Other Power" of Amida Buddha: a power that transforms the individual and universe or, more exactly, the individual/universe in their inseparableness. This is the first book-length English-language treatment of this remarkable Japanese poet

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No mere "child's poet," Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) is an aware and committed artist who celebrates, in a lifetime of haiku, the "Other Power" of Amida Buddha: a power that transforms the individual and universe or, more exactly, the individual/universe in their inseparableness. This is the first book-length English-language treatment of this remarkable Japanese poet in relation to his joyful, "priestly" mission.

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Presence 25 (January 2005) - Keith J. Coleman
This is meticulous research illuminated by poetic instinct, spiritual insight and an intuitive, questioning haiku intelligence. Many oft-parroted theories and supposed facts concerning Issa's life and poetics, as proposed by so-called 'heavyweights' of haiku criticism, are here incisively refuted.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016732022
Publisher:
Haikuguy.com
Publication date:
05/17/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
864,864
File size:
148 KB

Meet the Author

David G. Lanoue is a professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is a cofounder of the New Orleans Haiku Society, an associate member of the Haiku Foundation, and president of the Haiku Society of America. His books include translations ("Issa's Best: A Translator's Selection of Master Haiku" and "Cup-of-Tea Poems; Selected Haiku of Kobayashi Issa"), criticism ("Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa"), and a series of "haiku novels":"Haiku Guy," "Laughing Buddha," "Haiku Wars," "Frog Poet," and "Dewdrop World." He maintains The Haiku of Kobayashi Issa website, for which he translated 10,000 of Issa’s haiku.

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