Haikunama: For the love of haiku

Haiku“Haiku,” edited by haiku practitioner David Cobb, and “Haiku Love,” edited by Japanese language scholar Alan Cummings, are both fun books. Originally published by the British Museum, they are sumptuously illustrated withnihonga (Japanese-style painting) and ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) from the museum’s collections, each haiku presented with the original given in an elegant Japanese calligraphic font. The format makes both publications look like picture books with captions in verse.

Take these two pieces in “Haiku”:

the paper-weights
on the picture books in the shop —
the spring wind

— Kito

the spring wind —
the skirts of the thatcher
are blown about

— Issa

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