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Haiku: Natures Meditation Paperback – July 8, 2015
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This book presented a great "how to" section for writing haiku and even has pages to practice writing your own haiku's. The steps are very detailed. I never knew there was so much involved with writing a simple 12 syllable poem. It makes me appreciate the art even more.
There was even a section on Shintoism which I found very interesting to read about. I had no idea about the sacred shrines and how there are over 1,000 spread across Japan! So neat! This book is full of information and will please those interested in poetry as well as history.
Poet and author Nora D'Ecclesis begins this book with a brief history of haiku through the ages, including bios of some of the masters of haiku.
The next section of the book is devoted to haiku styles, seasonal word references, suggestions for writing haiku poems and more...including a section titled: Learn the Rules and Then Forget Them. The latter, wise words indeed, when it comes to the writing any kind of poetry, particularly haiku.
The final section of the book contains a selection of D'Ecclesis' haiku poems. They are beautifully crafted, the pages interspersed with nature photos, that add nicely to the overall presentation and enjoyment of this book.
Watching the white tail
The deer steps elegantly
Chunks of ice float by
On the open fire pit
Don't need chocolate
Two of my favorites! :-)
Geraldine Helen Hartman, author of the Haiku Reflection series