Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Her II


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021

A continuation of the wildly successful best seller "Her", Pierre Alex Jeanty brings explosive emotion to "Her 2". This celebration of femininity and self-love also explores the woes of love. He offers warnings of the wrong types of attraction while encouraging healthy, fun, and devout relationships of the purest form. "Her 2" tugs at the heart strings using short sentiments and vivid, poetic imagery that echo through the chambers of the heart and mind. "Her 2" is sure to be a classic poetic masterpiece for years to come.

  • Author: Pierre Alex Jeanty
  • Publisher: Jeanius Publishing LLC; Illustrated edition (August 16, 2017)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0997426564
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.41 x 8 inches

                 

2. Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021

One of the world’s foremost writing teachers invites readers on a joyful journey into the reading and origins of haiku A haiku is three simple lines. But it is also, as Allen Ginsberg put it, three lines that “make the mind leap.” A good one, he said, lets the mind experience “a small sensation of space which is nothing less than God.” As many spiritual practices seek to do, the haiku’s spare yet acute noticing of the immediate and often ordinary grounds the reader in the pure awareness of now. Natalie Goldberg is a delightfully companionable tour guide into this world. She highlights the history of the form, dating back to the seventeenth century; shows why masters such as Basho and Issa are so revered; discovers Chiyo-ni, an important woman haiku master; and provides insight into writing and reading haiku. A fellow seeker who travels to Japan to explore the birthplace of haiku, Goldberg revels in everything she encounters, including food and family, painting and fashion, frogs and ponds. She also experiences and allows readers to share in the spontaneous and profound moments of enlightenment and awakening that haiku promises.

  • Author: Natalie Goldberg
  • Publisher: New World Library (January 5, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1608686971
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches

                 

3. The Poems of Nakahara Chuya


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021

Born in 1907 Nakahara Chuya was one of the most gifted and colourful of Japan’s early modern poets. A bohemian romantic, his death at the early age of thirty, coupled with the delicacy of his imagery, have led to him being compared to the greatest of French symbolist poets. Since the Second World War Nakahara’s stature has risen, and his poetry is now ranked among the finest Japanese verse of the 20th century. Influenced by both Symbolism and Dada, he created lyrics renowned for their songlike eloquence, their personal imagery and their poignant charm. This selection of poems from throughout Nakahara’s creative life includes collected and uncollected work and draws on recent scholarship to give a full account of this extraordinary figure.

  • Author: Nakahara Chuya
  • Publisher: Gracewing Publishing (November 24, 2017)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0852442555
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.34 x 8.5 inches

                 

4. I'm Rising: Determined. Confident. Powerful.


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021

Self Love Poetry that empowers you to find the inner strength to crawl, get up, walk, fly, just never give up! Powerful and inspirational self-love poems, prose, and mantras take the reader on an emotive journey of empowerment through life's triumphs and tribulations. This uplifting book is more than a mere collection of poetic musings. It serves as a powerful tool of self-love and personal transformation that belongs on every fierce soul's bookshelf-or better yet, on their nightstand for their daily dose of inspiration each time they rise. "From the very first poem to the last one...self-love words will empower you to find the inner strength to get up, crawl, walk, and fly; just never give up." "I'm Rising" inspires one to tap into their infinite potential so they can overcome any obstacle that appears on their unique path. Through heartfelt storytelling, alliterative diction, and soul-awakening themes, this empathic work instills each reader with an unwavering sense of perseverance, courage, and compassion. The collection offers poems for women and men, urging us to stretch and grow to our fullest potential. The prose offers encouraging words with a call to action to harness our self-confidence to achieve the goals we were destined to shatter. Whether in search of a connection, shared experiences, healing thoughts, or encouragement, this self-help collection offers ready salves to our daily life experiences. I'm Rising is organized into three chapters entitled Evolving, Resilience, and Rising to aid in finding those special words meant to realize our potential. The empowering prose offers encouraging words with a call to action to harness our self-confidence to achieve the goals we were destined to shatter. Whether in search of a connection, shared experiences, healing thoughts, or encouragement, this self-help collection offers ready salves to our daily life experiences. I'm Rising is organized into three chapters entitled Evolving, Resilience, and Rising to aid in finding those special words meant for us.

  • Author: Michelle G. Stradford
  • Publisher: Michelle Stradford; Illustrated edition (September 7, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0985552701
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.49 x 8 inches

                 

5. The Haiku Handbook -25th Anniversary Edition: How to Write, Teach, and Appreciate Haiku


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021

The Haiku Handbook is the first book to give readers everything they need to begin appreciating, writing, or teaching haiku. In this groundbreaking and now-classic volume, the authors present haiku poets writing in English, Spanish, French, German, and five other languages on an equal footing with Japanese poets. Not only are the four great Japanese masters of the haiku represented (Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki) but also major Western authors not commonly known to have written poetry in this form, including Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac and Richard Wright. With a new foreword by poet, translator, and author Jane Reichhold ( Basho: The Complete Haiku ), this anniversary edition presents a concise history of the Japanese haiku, including the dynamic changes throughout the twentieth century as this beloved poetry form has been adapted to modern and urban settings. Full chapters are offered on form, the seasons in haiku, and haiku craft, plus background on the Japanese poetic tradition and the effect of translation on our understanding of haiku. Other unique features are chapters on teaching and sharing haiku, with lesson plans for both elementary and secondary school use; a seasonal word index of poetic words; a comprehensive glossary; and a list of enduring classic resources for further exploration. By any standard, The Haiku Handbook is the defining volume in the genre.

  • Author: William J. Higginson
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; 25th ed. edition (September 27, 2013)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1568365404
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches

                 



6. The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (Penguin Classics)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021

'It was with awe That I beheld Fresh leaves, green leaves, Bright in the sun'   In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described the natural world with great simplicity and delicacy of feeling. When he composed The Narrow Road to the Deep North , he was an ardent student of Zen Buddhism, setting off on a series of travels designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He wrote of the seasons changin, of the smells of the rain, the brightness of the moon, and beauty of the waterfall, through which he sense mysteries of the universe. There’s seventeenth-century travel writing not only chronicle Basho's perilous journeys through Japan, but they also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.   In his lucid translation Nobuyuki Yuasa captures the Lyrical qualities of Basho's poetry and prose by using the natural rhythms and language of the contemporary speech. IN his introduction, he examines the development of the haibun style in which poetry and prose stand side by side. this edition also includes maps and notes on the texts.   For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • Author: Matsuo Basho
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Illustrated edition (February 28, 1967)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0140441857
  • Dimensions: 5.07 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches

                 

7. Petals of the Moon: A Poetry Collection


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021

Petals of the Moon is a collection of poems that take the reader through the journey of night.

  • Author: C Churchill
  • Publisher: Cheryl Churchill (March 7, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0578469911
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.28 x 8 inches

                 

8. The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021

Over 125 poetic companions, from Basho to Billy Collins, Saigyo to Shakespeare. The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy  received the Spirituality & Practice Book Award for 50 Best Spiritual Books in 2017 by Spirituality and Practice Website. The poems expertly gathered here offer all that one might hope for in spiritual companionship: wisdom, compassion, peacefulness, good humor, and the ability to both absorb and express the deepest human emotions of grief and joy. The book includes a short essay on “Mindful Reading” and a meditation on sound from editor John Brehm—helping readers approach the poems from an experiential, non-analytical perspective and enter into the mindful reading of poetry as a kind of meditation. The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy  offers a wide-ranging collection of 129 ancient and modern poems unlike any other anthology on bookshelves today. It uniquely places Buddhist poets like Han Shan, Tu Fu, Saigyo, Ryokan, Basho, Issa, and others alongside modern Western poets one would not expect to find in such a collection—poets like Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, William Stafford, Denise Levertov, Jack Gilbert, Ellen Bass, Billy Collins, and more. What these poems have in common, no matter whether they are explicitly Buddhist, is that all reflect the essential truths the Buddha articulated 2,500 years ago. The book provides an important poetic complement to the many prose books on mindfulness practice—the poems here both reflect and embody the dharma in ways that can’t be matched by other modes of writing. Its unique features include an introduction that discusses the themes of impermanence, mindfulness, and joy and explores the relationship between them. Biographical notes place the poets in historical context and offer quotes and anecdotes to help readers learn about the poets’ lives.

  • Author: John Brehm
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (June 6, 2017)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1614293316
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.7 x 6.5 inches

                 

9. Dear Midnight


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021

Dear Midnight is a poetic love letter to the darkest moments. A hello to the moon. A break from the idea that love can only be found in the daylight. ______________________ we are a generation of almost lovers, gazing with gleaming eyes at the moon, knowing she empathizes with our same hearts always missing each other by nothing more than those few minutes that separate darkness from daylight.

  • Author: Zack Grey
  • Publisher: Independently published (February 2, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1795603171
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.22 x 8 inches

                 

10. Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Haiku & Japanese Poetry - August 2021

"A wonderful introduction the Japanese tradition of jisei , this volume is crammed with exquisite, spontaneous verse and pithy, often hilarious, descriptions of the eccentric and committed monastics who wrote the poems." — Tricycle: The Buddhist Review Although the consciousness of death is, in most cultures, very much a part of life, this is perhaps nowhere more true than in Japan, where the approach of death has given rise to a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei , or the "death poem." Such a poem is often written in the very last moments of the poet's life. Hundreds of Japanese death poems, many with a commentary describing the circumstances of the poet's death, have been translated into English here, the vast majority of them for the first time. Compiler Yoel Hoffmann explores the attitudes and customs surrounding death in historical and present-day Japan and gives examples of how these have been reflected in the nation's literature in general. The development of writing jisei is then examined—from the longing poems of the early nobility and the more "masculine" verses of the samurai to the satirical death poems of later centuries. Zen Buddhist ideas about death are also described as a preface to the collection of Chinese death poems by Zen monks that are also included. Finally, the last section contains three hundred twenty haiku, some of which have never been assembled before, in translated English and romanized Japanese.

  • Author: Yoel Hoffmann
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Reprint edition (April 3, 2018)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-4805314432
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches