Haiku Mind

108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart

By Patricia Donegan
(Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781590307588, 234pp.)

Publication Date: October 12, 2010

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Haiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in just three lines, can be miraculous in its power to articulate the profundity of the simplest moment—and for that reason haiku can be a useful tool for bringing us to a heightened awareness of our lives. Here, the poet Patricia Donegan shares her experience of the haiku form as a way of insight that anyone can use to slow down and uncover the beauty of ordinary moments. She presents 108 haiku poems—on themes such as honesty, transience, and compassion—and offers commentary on each as an impetus to meditation and as a key to unlocking the wonder in what we find right before us.

About the Author
Patricia Donegan is a poet-translator and a recipient of a Fulbright Foundation grant. Her own works of poetry include Heralding the Milk Light, Without Warning, and Hot Haiku. She is also the author of Chiyo-ni: Woman Haiku Master (0-8048-2053-8, has sold 3,111 copies since 1998). She teaches at a university in Tokyo.
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