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on April 28, 2013
Wonderful book, all about Basho's 'old pond' haiku--yes, an entire book about one haiku! Very fun for the slightly obsessive on this subject!
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on July 25, 2010
For the individual who wants to become more familiar with haiku and its forerunner, renga, this book is excellent. While not an easy read, it is well worth the effort.
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on April 24, 2014
Great
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on March 30, 2015
An altogether excellent book.

In short, this is three books in one:
1] The majority of the book (the first 147 pages) is a superb essay about the structure and history of haiku and related forms (such as renga) by Hiroaki Sato.

2] The second section (some 30 pages) is a collection of English "translations" of Basho's masterpiece. Some serious, some playful; but all wonderful.

3] The remainder of the book discuss the issues of composing haiku (and related forms) in English, followed by a generous selection of examples by major practitioners of haiku in English.

In short, if you are interested in haiku in English, and had to pick a single book, this should be the one.
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