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Also by Naomi Beth Wakan
The Way of Tanka
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The Way of Haiku

by Naomi Beth Wakan

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The Way of Haiku is a guide for learning to write the most popular form of Japanese poetry: haiku. But true to the inviting and personal style of its author, Naomi Beth Wakan, it is also a comprehensive examination of the form and an eye-opening view into the way that reading and writing haiku can change the way one looks at life. “Writing haiku helps you appreciate the wonder of ordinary things and ordinary days.” Wakan discusses the history of haiku’s development, its important literary elements, and the differences between haiku written in Japanese and those written in English. Numerous examples of haiku are provided, some written by Japanese haijin (haiku writers) and presented in translation, and some written by English-speaking writers. The rich explanation of the experience of writing haiku and the encouraging words of the author encourage readers to write their own haiku while remaining open to the possibilities it provides for personal growth.


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"Anyone with the slightest curiosity about Japanese forms of poetry in English could not find a better place to start than this trilogy, which leads the reader through haiku, tanka, haiga, haibun, and forms of renku (linked verse) by a series of playful, incisive, enlightening essays that make learning a delight. The works also contain mini-anthologies of poetry by some of the best writers of the Japanese forms today.  It is not only the newcomer who will find these books a treasure; Wakan’s never failing access to “the beginner’s mind” opens it also for writers who are experienced with the forms. No one will read this trilogy without being inspired to write for the first time or to write more."
— Sonja Arntzen, Professor Emerita, University of Toronto

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LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry
POETRY / Haiku

ISBN: 978-1-947067-67-7 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
ISBN: 978-1-947067-68-4 (digital)

LCCN: 2018964699

110 pages

Author Biography

Naomi Beth Wakan is the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, and the Inaugural Honorary Ambassador for the Federation of British Columbia Writers. She has published over fifty books, including the American Library Association selection, Haiku — one breath poetry (Heian International). Her latest titles are The Way of Tanka and Poetry That Heals, both from Shanti Arts. Wakan is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada, and Tanka Canada. She lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, with her husband, the sculptor, Elias Wakan.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS HAIKU?
HAIKU COUNT
HOW TO WRITE HAIKU
KIGO (seasonal words) and KIDAI (seasonal topics)
KIREJI (cutting words)
THOSE JAPANESE SENSITIVITIES
HAIKU AND EMOTION
WHAT TO LEAVE OUT
EDITING HAIKU
HAIKU? SENRYŪ?
HAIBUN

 

HAIGA
READING HAIKU
THE HISTORY OF HAIKU
THE MASTERS OF HAIKU
WHY WRITE HAIKU?
APPENDIX ONE — HAIKU TIPS — A SUMMING UP
APPENDIX TWO — EXERCISES FOR HAIKU WRITING
BIBLIOGRAPHY
LIST OF HAIJIN MENTIONED IN THE TEXT
HAIKU SOURCES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Endorsements

"It is now 35 years since another Canadian, Sister Joan Giroux, wrote one of the first books of this kind — The Haiku Form. Hers was the book — now sadly out of print — that put me on the right (meandering) road to writing haiku. If I were starting now, I would be glad to find Wakan’s book in my hands. Like Guiroux’s primer, it deals infectiously with both the spirit and the form."
— David Cobb: Past President of the British Haiku Society

"In The Way of Haiku, Naomi Beth Wakan parallels the fundamentals of the genre from both the western and eastern perspectives, reaching deeply into how haiku has adapted to change while continuing to hold its original essence throughout hundreds of years and many cultures. Having lived in Japan and studied Japanese literature, Wakan is well-versed in the differences and similarities between Japanese and English-language haiku.
— Alice Frampton, Emeritus Associate Editor, The Heron’s Nest

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