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Book of the Week: Straw Hat

Tateo Fukutomi published this book (Kaiteishinsha, 2000) in Japanese and English, a commonplace now but relatively rare at the time. The interplay of naturalism and whimsy is to become a regular feature in contemporary Japanese haiku in translation. You can…

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Book of the Week: Westport Haiku

Robert Gibson’s moody poems (Holly House Publications, 2002) are nicely attuned to his moody subject, the fishing village of Westport on the Washington coast, threatened by gentrification and loss of its traditional way of life. You can read the entire…

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Book of the Week: sunlit jar

Carmen Sterba was honored by having her work published in the distinguished Radish series of books by Wim Lofvers. This tiny volume, from 2002, features haiku from 4 season and especially flowers, birds and people. You can read the entire…

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Book of the Week: Bug Haiku

James W. Hackett was a serious practitioner and theoretician of the English-language haiku, but he believed it was best received with a child-like mind. Here is an actual children’s book on a favorite topic from 1968 (Japan Publications). You can…

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