Haiku is celebrated as a concise form of poetry capable of conveying a singular moment with great clarity. Such poems most often depict the natural world, but they can also be a powerful vehicle for evoking the universal experience of love. In this anthology, romantic love is explored through beautiful images that evoke a range of feelings—from solitary yearning to mutual passion to the bittersweet recollection of love lost. Written by contemporary Japanese poets as well as by early masters such as Basho, Buson, and Issa, these haiku invite us to open our hearts as we reflect on love in all its various stages.
“Romantic haiku have existed across the centuries and this volume features a poignant selection of them.”—Shambhala Sun
“This is a collection for people who love the simplicity of haiku and love that poetic feeling of love.”—San Francisco Book Review