The Haiku Anthology, Paperback Book
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Originally a Japanese form that flourished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, haiku has recently experienced tremendous growth in popularity in the English language.

The Haiku Anthology, first published in 1974, is a landmark work in modern haiku, honoring a genre of poetry that celebrates simplicity, emotion, and imagery-in which only a few words convey worlds of mystery and meaning.

This third edition, now completely revised and updated, comprises 850 haiku and senryu (a related genre, usually humorous and concerned with human nature) written in English by 89 poets, including the top haiku writers of the American past and present.

A new foreword details developments since the publication of the last edition. "Each of these perfect little poems will come as a revelation to the uninitiated reader and will bring joy to the haiku enthusiast...This is an exceptional selection of English-language haiku at its finest."-Library Booknotes


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
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  • Category: Poetry
  • ISBN: 9780393321180



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This is the book that first got me interested in haiku. It's wonderful wonderful. It's an anthology of contemporary English-language haiku with a willingness to have a broad definition of what constitutes haiku. It has lots of good stuff in it, so I hate to quote so few -- go out and read the whole book. Probably my favorite haiku in the book is this first one by Bob Boldman. It combines such an odd mixture of feelings in a very stark image. The last one by John Wills is great for its syntax and its movement. Marlene Mountain also does a great job of capturing the heat, the sights, and the sounds of a single moment in an incredibly concise statement.JANUARY FIRST the fingers of the prostitute cold-- Bob Boldmansummer night clothes whirling in a dryer-- Marlene Mountaindusk from rock to rock a waterthrush-- John Wills

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This collection contains a good variety of haiku. I've used it a lot for my 365-day, poetry-inspired, photo project.

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Excellent anthology; nice to pick up and browse through. Does not follow the "rules", so interesting just for that aspect.