The Sound of Water
Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets
By Sam Hamill (Translator)
(Shambhala, Paperback, 9781570620195, 152pp.)
Publication Date: November 14, 2006
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<p > Here are more than two hundred of the best haiku of Japanese literature translated by one of America’s premier poet-translators. The haiku is one of the most popular and widely recognized poetic forms in the world. In just three lines a great haiku presents a crystalline moment of image, emotion, and awareness. This illustrated collection includes haiku by the great masters from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century.
"The Zen aesthetic, so often imitated, is presented here without embellishment—full of earthy humor, poignant description, and subtle spirituality."—The Bloomsbury Review
"This is an enjoyable collection . . . and perfect for a Christmas stocking."—The Japan Times