This book of delicate poems will change forever your ideas of what HAIKU is and can be -- and, perhaps of what you and I and Nature and the moment are, and can be. Most classical poetry books define HAIKU as a poetic form of three (3) lines in a syllabic pattern of 5-7-5, with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second, and 5 syllables in the third line. Traditionally, some reference to the season and nature is made. The haiku in this collection go far beyond that, as far as the stars beyond the frogs in the pond. The author defines haiku as a short poem which records the essence of the moment, wherein Nature and man are inextricably linked.
The emphasis in the introduction is on the history of haiku, senryu and haibun (this is a combination of prose and haiku, where the poetry grows as naturally out of the prose as the fruit from the vine), mentioning the great writers, editors, conferences and magazines, and their influence on the development of the art, with critical appreciation of each one. The preface to the third edition is followed by a bibliography of the most important works of, and on, haiku, with a list of magazines and haiku presses and haiku organizations. Following this are the introductions to the second and first editions of THE HAIKU ANTHOLOGY, which discuss Japanese forms in poetry and their development in English and many other languages (although all the poems in this edition are in English -- over 800 of them). The poems themselves are short yet perfect. What follows is the Haiku Society of America''s definitions of the forms; biographical notes on the poets included in this edition, including the state, province, or country where the poet resided in 1999, their date and place of birth, and their most recent book, as of the date of publication of this volume; and, finally, a listof acknowledgements, leading one even deeper into these poets'' magical works.