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Cherry Blossoms Japanese Haiku Series III
Cherry Blossoms Japanese Haiku Series III Author:Translations Of Basho Buson Issa Shiki Others Famous haiku poets of the past are represented in a collection of poems arranged by the seasons. — Step into a series of dazzling, funny, melancholy, and joyous moments with this collection of haiku masterworks. Beloved translator Peter Beilenson’s goals were twofold: to craft a book of haiku accessible to anyone, and to render his best guess at ... more »what the poets would have written in English. His translations preserve the sublime spirit of each verse, conjuring vivid visual and emotional impressions in spare words.
Haiku icon Basho is represented amply here, as are imagery-virtuoso Buson and wry, warm, painfully human Issa. The verses of Shiki, Joso, Kyorai, Kikaku, Chora, Gyodai, Kakei, Izen, and others also appear, all illuminated by lovely woodblock prints. From the peaceful (Moonlight nightingale/Casts a whistling line of sound/Over the millpond–Basho) to the lively (Sudden radiance…/After October rainstorm/Re-reddened peppers–Buson) to the downright absurd (Ah sacred swallow…/Twittering from your nest in/Great Buddha’s nostril–Issa), this collection will stir your senses and your heart.« less