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Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku


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ISBN13: 9784770014306
ISBN10: 4770014309
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The Haiku Handbook is the first book to give the reader everything needed to begin writing or teaching haiku. It presents 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 several major Western authors not commonly known to have written haiku.

The book presents a concise history of the Japanese haiku, including the dynamic changes throughout the twentieth century as the haiku has been adapted to suburban and industrial 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 the lesson plans for both elementary and secondary school use; and lists of haiku publishers and magazines (in several languages). The Handbook concludes with a full reference section of haiku-related terms, bibliography, and a comprehensive season-word list to aid in understanding and appreciating Japanese haiku.


This work gives readers everything necessary to begin writing or teaching the Japanese poetry, haiku, with examples by great Japanese masters.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 296-313) and index.

About the Author

WILLIAM J. HIGGINGSON studied Japanese at Yale University where he discovered the haiku, and served, with the U.S. Air Force in Japan. He is a charter member of the Haiku Society of America, founded in 1968, and edited and published Haiku Magazine (1971-76). He has three published collections of longer poems and one of haiku, and has work appearing in magazines and anthologies worldwide. He has also taught in the National Endowment for the Arts "Poets-in-the Schools" program, leading writing workshops in hundreds of schools, and he regularly speaks at conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. Higginson's international anthology of haiku for children, Wind in the Long Grass, is a classroom favorite. His two-volume sequel to The Haiku Handbook, The Haiku Seasons and Haiku World, gives a comprehensive view of the history, present state, and international possibilities of seasonal consciousness in poetry.

PENNY HARTER, Higginson's wife and collaborator on the Handbook, is a poet and teacher with 14 collections of poems to her credit. She has received three grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for her poetry, and an award from the Poetry Society of America. She has served as a visiting poet for the Council and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in classes from kindergarten through high school. Her work is published internationally; among her recent books are Shadow Play: Night Haiku, a collection for children, and her latest book, Turtle Blessing. The couple lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Harter teaches at Santa Fe Preparatory School.

Table of Contents

Haiku old and new — The art of haiku — Teaching haiku — Befor and beyond haiku.

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mtBRAT01, May 7, 2009 (view all comments by mtBRAT01)
Teach Haiku? book in library, always late to return. Therein lies the story. I'll just have to buy it. Visited Powells traveling through to the Coast this April and bought two more haiku books on sale: real treats. But the library book is the one I want to work from, to try my hand at making haiku, combining with other arts like Sumi-e, calligraphy, ink pen drawing, washes, etc., etc., etc. This is a great book because it reviews the history of haiku, it's main creators and caretakers over the years, and its contemporary practitioners. Buy your own copy, as I'm doing now!
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How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku
Higginson, William S.
null, William J.
Higginson, William S.
Higginson, William J.
Harter, Penny
Kodansha USA
Tokyo ;
Composition & Creative Writing - Poetry
Literature/English | Poetry | World
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 296-313.
Series Volume:
map I-2007
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8 pt. type
7.16x4.35x1.03 in. .63 lbs.

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