Book of the Week: Sixteen Haiku
Tokihiko Kusama produced this chapbook (Nagata, 1992) at the beginnings of Japanese interest in exchanging haiku ideas with poets from other cultures. It was fashionable in those days to offer such a volume, and this one, modestly selecting a mere handful of poems from a lifetime’s involvement with the genre, and in translation by the esteemed Jack Stamm, is a particularly elegant example.
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.
Winter roses . . . the office poet picks up his paltry bonusBoats clear the harbor evening sun penetrates my spring overcoatAthletic meet embarrasssment surrounds a nursing motherJust too tired for courtship and all that — twilight cicadasLeaving the sky open for wild geese dusk falls on a bridgeWinter night I scatter extra parsley over my soup
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in the mountains
VERY LAUDABLE EFFORTin the lawns of haiku,these are fragrant flowers!
This is a great resource for Haiku. Currently working on a multicultural chapbook featuring haiku in various Nigerian languages.
Will be great to have it published here.
Sounds very interesting, Jerry. If you will send us a copy when it’s published, and a PDF file of it also, if you can (saves scanning), we’ll make sure it gets into our Haiku Foundation Online Book Collection for all to read at any time you approve.
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