Why has the Japanese haiku poet Buck-Teeth stopped writing after a certain lunar eclipse, and what can be done to help him recover his inspiration? When an evil ninja slinks into the pages intent on murder, we find that writer's block is no mere academic problem but a grave matter with lives and poetry hanging in the balance. This isn't exactly a sequel to 'Haiku Guy'; it's more like a new peek into the lives of the same characters: the village poet, Buck-Teeth; the cruel courtesan, Lady Plum; the daimyo-turned-hermit, Lord Kaga; the color-coded Poets in Green, Black, and White (Mido, Kuro, Shiro); haiku master Cup-of-Tea; and the narrator's Thursday afternoon writing group, commenting on, and entering into, the unfolding plot.
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This is a richly textured novel with a deep layer of humor running throughout. It's a sequel to Lanoue's "Haiku Guy," and it brings us back to visit such wonderful characters as the poets in Black, White, and Green. And, for such a thoughful and funny book, it has a surprising amount of deftly handled action. Although you don't need to read "Haiku Guy" in order to understand the story in "Laughing Buddha," I think the two books work together beautifully and I feel that having read "Haiku Guy" deepened my enjoyment of the sequel.
David Lanoue's fictional haiku poet, Buck Teeth, continues his literary journey to Old Japan and back to contemporary New Orleans that transcends the limits of time and space. When you read this book you can become the laughing Buddha too! -- Randy Brooks, Co-editor of MAYFLY magazine and publisher of Brooks Books