In Japan, the natural scene and the details of human life are the common focus of the haiku poet and many artists. The inspiration of this book is to bring them together, revealing the talents of both the artists and poets in making the obvious seem remarkable, and the everyday seem extraordinary.
Works of art from the extensive British Museum collections are matched with a selection of the most celebrated haiku, in both their original Japanese and in sympathetic English translations.
David Cobb's introduction and biographical notes on the poets explain the history and develop¬ment of haiku from earliest to contemporary times.
David Cobb is a poet and freelance writer of educational books. In 1990 he helped to found the British Haiku Society, of which he is now the president. His haiku have appeared widely in anthologies and won a number of international awards. He is the editor of The Genius of Haiku: readings from R.H. Blyth, The Haiku Kit and co-editor of The Iron Book of British Haiku.
1st edition 2002, hardback, 90pp, with 38 colour illustrations, 16 x 19.2 cm