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Haiku Moment is the most comprehensive volume of contemporary North American haiku written in EnglishIt contains over 800 haiku by 185 poets Most of the haiku in this collection are nature poems some of these merely nature sketches overlaid with recognizable human emotion In general these haiku are meant to reflect either the style of the Basho School of haiku with its emphasis on the preservation of temporal loneliness and emotional objectivity or the haiku of Issa with their joyful evocations of the liveliness and empathic resonance found in the natural world Noteworthy haiku poets includeCharles DickensPatricia DoneganAdele KennyMatthew LouviereBruce RossMiriam SaganRuth Yarrow

10 thoughts on “Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku

  1. says:

    Let’s face it If you are not “into” writing and reading Haiku then you might find the some 800 odd poems in this anthology a bit thin I think in most cases Haiku can be a bit of an acuired taste though a relatively easily acuired one But I really did enjoy itNow it’s touted as contemporary but the selections were made from poems published in the decade 1982 to 1992 making it 20 30 years out of date As an indicator of what’s going on in English rendering of Japanese form poetry currently it possibly has less value It does bring together a good slice of North American poetry of that period minus some noted poetsThere’s a succinctokay it’s 30 pages but there’s a lot of info sueezed in introduction to the collection that covers what elements make up Haiku both in traditional Japanese and English language Haiku the four masters Basho Buson Issa and Shiki are covered and the intersection with the Imagists Ezra Pound Amy Lowell and later the Beat PoetsThe introduction should prepare you well enough to enjoy most of the works that follow I come to it as a practitioner of the form so its hard for me to tell Being Haiku the majority of the poems a nature observation based A note on the poems splits them roughly into two types these haiku are meant to reflect either the style of the Basho School of haiku with its emphasis on the presentation of temporal loneliness and emotional objectivity in the treatment of nature subjects and occasionally as in later Basho an elevated warm heartedness found in one's relation to commonplace things or the haiku of Issa with their joyful evocations of the liveliness and empathic resonance found in the natural world All of the haiku in this anthology over should convey a moment of insight experienced by a poet in real time through real beings and objects a moment that the reader may enter and shareSome of the difficulties I experience in finding good Haiku to read and learn from is discerning good sources this is becoming easier as a grow as a poet Anybody can attempt a Haiku and many do though I am not sure how many see it as anything other than writing something poetic in 17 syllables A search for Haiku on Kobo will give you hundreds of books of whose uality it can be had to determine Haiku Moment addresses that problem to some extent It gives you a sense of what one well known gatekeeper thinks is uality Haiku and you can then attempt to track down works of the poets contained thereinHere are three haiku to give a general idea Mind you there’s 800 to choose from Summer is overA horse walks its reflectionalong the lake's edgeAnn Atwood The way silence waits and waits for the next cry of the loonBeatrice Brissman migrating geese one falls farther and fartherbehindCharles Dickson You could jump straight into the work having never read Haiku before but the real value I have found is as a source for good examples of the continued lineage of the form

  2. says:

    There are some excellent haiku in this collection and overall I have enjoyed coming back to this book I wish I could give it a 35 rating However I think it may benefit from being a little selective Cutting down on the number of haiku and focusing only on the better ones would possibly make this a really fantastic collection

  3. says:

    Excellent collection of haiku from numerous poets

  4. says:

    A very solid book that delivered exactly what I was looking for Haiku by a variety of North American authors to introduce me to the form It also provided a detailed discussion on what haiku is Some of the pieces I liked some I didn't just like with any art; I would certainly recommend this book if you are trying to broaden your understanding in the form

  5. says:

    If you love haiku you'll love this book it's an anthology which really shows the different ways that haiku can be written You'd think they'd all kinda be the same but they're nOt If you love poetry this is a great book to pick up time and again simply for leisure or inspiration

  6. says:

    A really well done collection Most contemporary haiku disregards the 5 7 5 rule and sticks or less to three short lines that try to capture a moment involving nature The poets in this anthology really live up to that spirit of haiku November 2008

  7. says:

    Phenomenal collection of contemporary haiku This comprehensive anthology is prefaced by a meticulous analysis of the roots of haiku and the continuous evolution of the form in the english language A must read for haiku enthusiasts

  8. says:

    Haiku is addicting

  9. says:

    I have read this book several times through and am continuously struck by something new each time It's a must have for any serious haiku poet or anyone with an interest in the form

  10. says:

    A fine collection of English language haiku written in the 1980s to early 90s