Now back in print, this important guide written by an established expert introduces haiku and related poetry while explaining the essential role of the seasons using examples from around the world.
The author of numerous haiku collections, William J. Higginson was a former president of the Haiku Society of America.
In this concise introduction to the haiku genre, renowned poet and scholar William J. Higginson discusses the deep connection between haiku and nature, shedding light on the essence of haiku itself. Drawing on a millennium of Japanese tradition, clear commentary is supported by numerous examples, including hokku (short poems used as greetings), senryu (humorous verses on human foibles), and linked-verse poems written by teams of poets. Seasonal and non-seasonal poems from around the world illustrate how the features of a Japanese poetic almanac, or saijiki, can be applied to the building of an international poetry almanac.
About the authr
William J. Higginson (1938-2008), with his wife Penny Harter, was the author of The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku. An influential proponent of haiku in English and a widely published poet, lecturer, and translator, he founded From Here Press and was the editor of Haiku Magazine from 1971 to 1976.
What others have said
“I read The Haiku Seasons with great pleasure - a really fine book." Haruo Shirane, Columbia University, author of Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho.
"The Haiku Seasons presents the historical and modern Japanese usage of seasonal themes in poetry. It shows, as nothing else in the literature has done, the growing dialogue between poets in Japan and other countries.... An extremely valuable work!" Elizabeth Searle Lamb, retired editor, Frogpond
2nd edition 2008, Paperback, 172pp, 14 x 21 cm