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Book of the Week: One Year of Haiku


Shugyo Takaha is the President of the Haijin Kyokai (Association of Haiku Poets), and by virtue of this, the President of the Museum of Haiku Literature. Here’s a sampling of his work, from a bilingual book self-produced in 1997 for the HIA-HSA Conference in Tokyo. Translations by Jack Stamm.

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.

High on sunlight and unable to come down— larks and larks and larks
After the wreck swallows come and hang around the upright mast
Cuckoo singing into a lake, singing into a big ear
A rainbow intent on pouring something onto the ocean
Autumn wind— here a set of bones remains shaped like a fish
The cat and the dog both disgusted with a pat that’s got gloves on
Towering through summer for the Great Wall to stretch on mountain on mountain

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  1. This is terrific. I am so glad to have the opportunity to read these translations. Thank you, Jim Kacian and THF, for this initiative.

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