Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (Hardcover)

By Jim Kacian (Editor), Philip Rowland (Editor), Allan Burns (Editor)
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Haiku in English is an anthology of more than 800 brilliantly chosen poems that were originally written in English by over 200 poets from around the world. Although haiku originated as a Japanese art form, it has found a welcome home in the English-speaking world. This collection tells the story for the first time of Anglophone haiku, charting its evolution over the last one hundred years and placing it within its historical and literary context. It features an engaging introduction by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins and an insightful historical overview by leading haiku poet, editor, and publisher Jim Kacian.

The selections range from the first fully realized haiku in English, Ezra Pound's In a Station of the Metro, to plentiful examples by haiku virtuosos such as John Wills, Marlene Mountain, Nick Virgilio, and Raymond Roseliep, and to investigations into the genre by eminent poets like John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, and Seamus Heaney. The editors explore the genre's changing forms and themes, highlighting its vitality and its breadth of poetic styles and content. Among the many poems on offer are organic form experiments by E. E. Cummings and Michael McClure, evocations of black culture by Richard Wright and Sonia Sanchez, and the seminal efforts of Jack Kerouac.

The first anthology to map the full range of haiku in the English tradition, Haiku in English is the perfect collection of this spare and elegant genre.

About the Author

Since its inception in November 2013, Author's United (AU) is committed to produce books of international standards. Its first anthology "A Pinch of Love, Peace and Humanity" was a collection of short stories and poetry written by 10 internationally published authors from different parts of the world. "A Pinch of Love, Peace and Humanity" has successfully advocated the message of peace, love and humanity throughout the world. Reviewers from print, electronic and social media have appreciated the anthology and its positive impact on the readers. Author's United published second anthology "Ripples of Love" which is a collection of short stories and poetry written by 16 internationally acclaimed authors from nine different countries including Canada, India, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Trinidad & Tobago, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As apparent from the lineup of authors, the readers found a true blend of different styles, different cultures and different social norms in this anthology. A reader's mind will oscillate between the real-life experiences and world of imagination, as he or she is presented with 24 different stories, formulated by authors of different age groups and literary experiences. Author's United is proudly presenting the third anthology "Atoms of Haiku" in continuation of its previous efforts. This anthology will add diversity to Author's United profile. Haiku is that form of poetry that is as new as it is old and it is still spreading through many people. Author's United has teamed up with the seasoned editors like Archana Kapoor Nagpal, Arie Gerev and Sanjuktaa Asopa to create a blend of Haiku with different styles into one book. These atoms of Haiku will matter in your life for sure.

Jim Kacian is the founder of Red Moon Press and the Haiku Foundation and lives in Winchester, Virginia.

Jim Kacian is the founder of Red Moon Press and the Haiku Foundation and lives in Winchester, Virginia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393239478
ISBN-10: 0393239470
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 26th, 2013
Pages: 424
Language: English