Saturday, March 10, 2012

More Haiku

For those of you less satisfied by the nihonjin descriptions given by Ms. Hideki Kato in her US presentations on haiku, we suggest you read the beautiful essay on Matsuo Bashō, the most famous Japanese haiku poet, by Jane Hirshfield, Heart of Haiku. It is available through Kindle for 99 cents.

Packed with original translations, The Heart of Haiku is an elegant and reverent exploration of an itinerant artist who "wanted to renovate human vision by putting what he saw into a bare handful of mostly ordinary words, and… to renovate language by what he asked it to see."

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