Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku

Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku

by Bruce Ross

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Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku by Bruce Ross

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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ISBN-13: 9781462903191
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,009,684
File size: 2 MB

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Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tombrinck on LibraryThing 5 days ago
his is a healthy collection of English-language haiku. I'd say it's much less innovative and much less exciting than The Haiku Anthology. The poems are almost all on nature themes, without a lot of further depth or insight. Still, for a traditional view of what haiku should be, this collection represents it well and presents poems which are direct and clear. Furthermore, having over 800 poems and 185 poets, nothing beats an anthology for giving you a broad sense of what various writers are doing and what can be done with haiku.
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