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5.0 out of 5 stars ...It brought beauty to my heart, 29 April 2012
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Dr A. Sahal describes this book as 'delightful', and he is spot-on . Whether you enjoy Haiku or have never delved into their glittering depths before, this is the book for you! A large variety of different poets, including women, are included, along with prints of Japanese woodcut illustrations from the Art Institute of Chicago.

The book forgoes traditional formatting and instead divides into Dawn, Daylight, Dusk and Moonlight, with haiku pertaining to these times of day lucidly and beautifully translated, interspersed with stunning and always appropriate illustrations. It all combines to make an æsthetically magnificent book that you can treasure, or give as a gift for someone else to marvel at and pore over with pleasure.

The section after the haiku details the context of the poems themselves, as well as providing explanations. Since this all comes after you've read the poems, it adds an extra layer of meaning to whatever you yourself have drawn from the haiku. It is a rather neat touch.

The one issue I have with this book is the crass title: Zen Haiku. I much preferred the original title of 'Moon in the Pines'. However, it would be churlish of me to mark this work down simply for that, so I shall award it full marks and I recommend it strongly!

My favourite haiku in the collection is from Buson:

The evening breeze
Blows ripples 'gainst
The blue heron's legs.
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2012 22:42:14 BDT
I agree, it is a crass title, about which I was not consulted. But I didn't have much say in "The Moon in the Pines" either, which was forced upon me after the marketing department advertised it as such. From the start, I actually wanted to call the book "Flowers From an Unknown Tree."

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2012 21:47:06 BDT
Kodanshi says:
Wow, that sounds even better! Nonetheless, it is a superb collection and I consult it whenever I can. Thank you so much (^_^).
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