The Heart of Haiku is an Amazon Kindle Single--Amazon's new series of short, editorially curated works. Kindle Singles are only buyable on Amazon--but there is a free app which allows downloading onto PCs, Macs, iPads, smart phones, etc. This one's priced at 99 cents.
In seventeenth-century Japan, the wandering poet Basho developed haiku, a seventeen-syllable poetic form now perhaps the most widely written type of poetry in the world. Haiku are practiced by poets, lovers, and schoolchildren, by “political haiku” twitterers, by anyone who has the desire to pin perception and experience into a few quick phrases. This essay offers readers unparalleled insight into the living heart of haiku—how haiku work and what they hold, and how to read through and into their images to their full expression of human life and perceptions, sometimes profound, sometimes playful.
Jane Hirshfield is an award-winning poet and author of the now-classic Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, as well as an equally classic book introducing earlier Japanese poetry, The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Komachi and Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Japanese Court.
Causes Jane Hirshfield Supports
International Campaign for Tibet