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White Lies: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku Paperback – 2008
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The next section is a collection of "linked forms," mostly haibun (narrative and haiku combined), but with 2 renga (linked verse).
The last section, about half the book, is essays and includes Jim Kacian's detailed and thought provoking discussion of the Haiku Hierarchy. The Haiku Hierarchy is Jim's idea that accomplished haijin should take a proactive role in the creation of both avenues for recognizing excellent haiku, and also a rating system that allows for easy ranking of haiku within types and levels. This 26 page essay is the precursor for a book by the same name that may be released in the future. If it is released, it could revolutionize popular culture's understanding of the form. Or it may go largely un-noticed by popular culture.It seems to me that a variety of factors need to be taken into account for the idea to really take off.
I personally think this book is worth the price ($17.00 US) for this essay alone, with all the other excellent content as a bonus on top. I actually have some reservations about the idea Jim is presenting here -- promoting excellence through judging and ranking, but it has certainly been a part of haiku tradition for hundreds of years, so in some ways this is simply an outgrowth of a tradition.
This anthology represents a snapshot of English Language Haiku culture as it evolves from a reliance on a fairly ridged set of anglicized Japanese criteria to an evolving set of criteria that preserve the aesthetic brilliance of the original haiku spirit while allowing some freedom to adapt the form to the English language and the western mind.
In a long line of Red Moon Anthologies, this one certainly raises the bar.