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Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-on Guide [Paperback]

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Writing and Enjoying Haiku shows how haiku can bring a centered, calming atmosphere into one's life, by focusing on the outer realities of life instead of the naggings of the inner mind, by gaining a new appreciation for the world of nature, and by preserving moments, days, and events so that they are not lost forever in the passage of time. Haiku are clearly shown to be a means of discovering and recording the miracles of the world, from the humorous to the tragic. This is one of the major themes underlying Writing and Enjoying Haiku-that haiku can provide a way to a better life.
After looking at why the reading and writing of haiku is important from a spiritual point of view, the book shows, as has never been done before, the techniques of writing-the when and the where, punctuation and capitalization, choice of words, figures of speech, sharing haiku, and much, much more.
Having come this far, having learned to read and write haiku with a discerning mind, the reader will never again look upon the world in quite the same way.

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Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 13, 2002
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770028865  
ISBN13  9784770028860  

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Author and translator, with a special interest in haiku, tanka, and renga, JANE REICHHOLD is a three-time winner of the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award. She has been a member of the Haiku Society of America, Haiku Poets of Northern California, Haiku Canada, Haiku International (Tokyo, Japan), German Haiku Society, and Poetry Society of Japan. She runs the web site Aha! Poetry (

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"AM I SET IN MY WAYS?"  Jul 4, 2008
Yes, I am doubtless set in my ways.

Set like concrete?
an Antiquity writing . . .
Haiku, not 'in-the-know'?

Jane Reichhold's 2002 "Guide" presents many ideas about writing haiku that are new to my experience, and perhaps too staccato for my taste.
As well as asking, "Am I set in my ways?" . . . I must also ask, "Where have I been?"

Fortunately I do not feel compelled to please the multitudes when writing haiku. For years I have been greatly influenced by suggestions that there is therapeutic value in writing peotry. Richard Wright's experience seemed of such value I have wished to follow his example.
(See "Haiku, This Other World" by R. Wright, isbn #1559704454) He wrote:
"The low of a cow
Answers a train's long whistle
In the summer dusk"

Isn't it inescapable that one's personal style is an important ingredient of an individual's haiku? I feel that the author sometimes contadicts herself, or perhaps she is simply offering us more latitude as we find our own style?

My favorite haiku in this volume by the author herself is the dedication:
blue ink
the words not yet written
in the iris

(This commentary-with-a-small-'c' is by mcHaiku, 7-3-08)
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!  Feb 23, 2008
I think the title said it all. If you write Haiku or are fascinated by Haiku get this book!
The Way of Haiku  Dec 11, 2007
Simply yet elegantly written, this book provides good pointers on writing haiku. More than just imparting tips on writing techniques, Reichhold explores the philosophical principles behind haiku, which emphasise the importance of seeing with the heart and leaving aside one's ego in the approach to life. Haiku is a way of life - The Way of Haiku.
HAIKU - so very special  Jan 16, 2007
This book gives all the things one needs to know if one wishes to start thinking - - and writing - - Haiku poetry.
I tried it out on my students - young persons,18 - 22 years old. It took only a short while before we set out making our own HAIKU booklet.
Bookworm Elletje
If you are serious about writing Haiku  Nov 4, 2006
This is a beautiful book both in content and appearance. In it one may find more than they want to know about Haiku. The author is certainly very knowledgable and qualified to write such a book. I was not disappointed.

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