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Poems are like islands in the sea of words through which we swim every day. We take comfort and pleasure in them, but they can also sometimes challenge us, provoke, us, or wake us up to see things in new ways. The enlightening art of poetry has been a part of our publishing program from the very beginning.

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  1. Love Haiku

    Love Haiku

    Japanese Poems of Yearning, Passion, and Remembrance

    • by
    • Patricia Donegan,
    • Yoshie Ishibashi
    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… Read More

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  2. Narrow Road to the Interior

    Narrow Road to the Interior

    And Other Writings

    • by
    • Matsuo Basho
    Here is the most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Basho (1644–1694)—who elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty—is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku that recounts his journey through the far northern provinces of Japan.… Read More

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  3. The Spring of My Life

    The Spring of My Life

    And Selected Haiku

    Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), along with Basho and Buson, is considered one of the three greatest haiku poets of Japan, known for his attention to poignant detail and his playful sense of humor. Issa's most-loved work, The Spring of My Life, is an autobiographical sketch of linked prose and haiku in the tradition of Basho's famous Narrow Road to the Interior. In addition to The Spring… Read More

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  4. One Hundred Frogs

    One Hundred Frogs

    From Renga to Haiku to English

    • by
    • Hiroaki Sato
    No other Asian poetic form has so intrigued and beguiled the English-speaking world as the Japanese haiku. Even before World War I such imagist poets as Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, and John Gould Fletcher were experimenting with the form. At that time, Pound well described the haiku as "an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time." Indeed, it is the haiku's sense of immediacy and its precision… Read More

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