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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 baseballa 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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.