Frog Poet by David Lanoue
In this comic novel characters in Old Japan and contemporary New Orleans consider the possibility that a certain poetically gifted frog might be a reincarnated haiku master.
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About 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 and an associate member of the Haiku Foundation. His books include a translation ('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' and 'Frog Poet'. Some of his books have appeared in French, German, Spanish, Bulgarian, Serbian and Japanese editions. He maintains 'The Haiku of Kobayashi Issa' website, for which he translated 10,000 of Issa's haiku.
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FROG POET is an extended debate about immortality, futility, and impermanence. What more could you want from a novel by the creator of English-language haiku fiction? -- Randy Brooks, Co-editor of MAYFLY magazine and publisher of Brooks Books
You wouldn't expect it, but reading David G. Lanoue's simple, profound tale of life, death, and art is like getting kissed on a sun-drenched morning---before you've pulled on your pants. What a gift! This little book will be the smooth, shining stone in America's haiku pond for generations to come. The water-light in that pond may waver, but always the word "love" that is etched here will be seen, read, and understood.
Frog Poet by David Lanoue satisfies Horace's dictate that literature should not only instruct but delight. This fourth haiku novel about the adventures of the disciples of Cup-of-Tea: Buck-Teeth, Mido, Kuro and Shiro, is imaginative, philosophical and beguiling. The subplot which introduces the author to the reader endears us to him. Frog Poet is quirky, witty and full of wonderful haiku one of which will break your heart. In the great tradition of haibun writing this is a novel which you cannot put down; you will carry it with you wherever you go. Marjorie Buettner
Artfully woven into the text is the author’s own story of love and search for validation. Lanoue offers timely asides where he instructs readers in the art of haiku.
Funny, touching, and lovingly written. I so enjoyed the characters that I hated for their story to end. I can easily believe that their lives go on, though. If you like your reading to be lyrical and funny at the same time, then I highly recommend this book.