First published fifty years ago, The Wordless Poem: A Study of Zen in Haiku by Eric Amann, is our Book of the Week. While the practice of haiku in English as an expression of the Zen outlook has lost some of its appeal in the heterodox atmosphere of modern haiku, Amann’s book remains relevant for its clear exposition of the basic characteristics of haiku, and of how the focus of Zen poetry differs from the typical Western approach. A book for beginners and for seasoned practitioners alike.
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 THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission