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on September 20, 2013
This an excellent little book, a companion for life. This book is the writer's first book collection of Haiku poems. Its strengths are the nature of the collection of writings which are stated to have been created by some of the best authors over the centuries, each poem is accompanied by very lucid and informative comments from the editor, Patricia Donegan, and a brief biography is given on each Haiku author. Because of the condensed nature of each small poem rapid access to dense material is afforded the reader, over coffee, before bed, while travelling --- small magical moments! An excellent and inexpensive acquisition!
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on April 23, 2014
After receiving the book in a timely fashion, I can only say that this is an excellent volume. The haiku choices are superb, the commentary more enlightening than almost every tract regarding haiku I've ever read, and as good in it's own uniquely clear and knowledgable presentation as Higginson and Yasuda in their considerably more academic style. The narrative for each haiku does not make the mistake of 'explaining' the haiku. Rather, Patricia Donegan manages to paint a picture, cultural, academic and historical that led to the poet's haiku moment. If a given haiku has six dimensions, Donegan supplies another four. Of course, one can also just enjoy the haiku. As noted, the choices are excellent.
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on January 5, 2013
This is not just another Haiku book. What I enjoy about this book is that the author presents a haiku and then an analysis or story. This is a great book to use as a daily meditation. Pick a haiku and study it and then read the interpretation. Very well done.
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on June 9, 2013
This is an excellent compilation of haiku because it includes both sexes (rare) and a range of historical periods. Each haiku relate to a theme on which one can meditate, It is best savored and not read all at one sitting in which they tend to blur together and the essential meaning get lost. Highly recommended. It can open the heart so one can deal with the relevant emotions, and so is a gateway to your own life and deepen yourself.
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on January 4, 2015
Inspired range of haiku selections with fascinating biographical backgrounds, with helpful related essays - expanded my knowledge of haiku writers and themes and my appreciation of haiku as a meditative, aware way of being in the world and expressing thoughts, sensations, emotions in the moment. - a beautiful, artful work by a creative, original writer very deeply immersed in her subject.
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on March 7, 2016
Excellent job by Donegan - she communicates what she has found in haiku, which is of course, often beyond the ink on paper. Her selection of poems is masterful as are her literary essay skills. This is the kind of book that inspires one to pick up a pen.
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on September 21, 2013
I first found this little book while sitting with a woman who is dying. She loves haiku and loves when people read to her. After reading several I found myself in tears because of the beauty the poems and the commentary offered. I had to purchase a copy for myself.
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on January 17, 2017
Nicely done explanation of primarily Zen or Buddhist thoughts through the perspective of Haiku. Insightful read.
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on January 28, 2016
I love this book. It became part of my morning reading one chapter at a time. Patricia Donegan's commentaries were unexpected, full of wisdom and careful thought inspired by each haiku.
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on June 6, 2014
This book skillfully melds poetry and self cultivation in a way that Confucian poets would be proud of. There is a nice combo of western poetry and traditional haiku in this book. Donegan really knows her stuff and she has some interesting insights.
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