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Poetry Friday - Haiku Old and New (Anthologies)

October 12, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, haiku, anthologies, HSA, Chiyo-Ni

Happy Poetry Friday the 13th!

Are you a fan of Dover Publications? I seem to have a few in various bookshelves and stacks, including some at my studio with such titles as Masterpieces of Illuminated Letters and Borders and Florid Victorian Ornament, among others. While online recently, I came across a Dover Thrift Editions volume titled THE CLASSIC TRADITION OF HAIKU Ė An Anthology, edited by Faubion Bowers. At just $3 for a new copy, I couldnít pass it up! Iím not sure how it had evaded my haiku shelves before.

Originally published in 1996, it includes a short foreword with a bit of history and explanation, and then more than 150 poems written between 1488 and 1902 by Japanese poets, with translations into English by more than 40 scholars. Often more than one translation is provided for a poem.

I am enjoying making my way through this slim volume!

Here is an autumn poem, translated by Patricia Donegan and Yoshie Ishibashi:

akikaze no / yama o mawaru ya / kane no koe

the autumn wind
resounds in the mountain Ė
temple bell

Chiyo-ni (1703-1775), one of the few female haiku master poets of her time

You can find this paperback collection at Dover Publications or on Amazon , with online versions free or nearly free as well.

Speaking of anthologies, Iím also enjoying the new Haiku Society of America Membersí Anthology for 2017, on down the road, edited by LeRoy Gorman. I donít always have my act together to submit on time, but I did this year.
(Our own Jone Rush MacCulloch has a beautiful haiku in this collection as well.)

My poem seems timely right about now, so here you are:

sea fog
the ghost story
I almost remember

©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.

Speaking of ghosts, in my studio Iím conjuring up several pieces of haunted jewelry and slowly getting them listed in my Etsy shop this Friday the 13th. Mwah haaa haaa. (Update - I made a separate little "haunted jewelry" section this weekend - Click here if you'd like to see!)

And one more thing about haiku anthologies - The Living Haiku Anthology is an ambitious, online project seeking to collect and present "all styles and approaches to haiku ... from a global perspective, for the benefit of those able to discern those true gems assurgent in the current foment," as described by Dr. Richard Gilbert, Professor, Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences, Kumamoto University, Japan, in his introduction at the LHA site. He adds, "Please reach out to other poets and let them know the LHA extends an open invitation to published haiku poets of all countries wishing to be presented and represented." I submitted several poems and my page was added this week. :0)

For all kinds of Friday the 13th fun, please visit our Irrepressible and Iridescent Irene, who is bravely rounding up this week!


  1. October 12, 2017 10:06 PM EDT
    Haunted jewelry.... but of course RHB would create such a thing! Love the haiku find... and your fog is delicious. Thinking of you in your studio, my friend! xo
    - Irene Latham
  2. October 12, 2017 10:25 PM EDT
    I missed the members anthology deadline yet again. (It's probably five years in a row!) Maybe next year. (If I remember to renew my membership!) Can't wait to see your seasonal jewelry collection!
    - Diane Mayr
  3. October 12, 2017 10:29 PM EDT
    Thanks for hosting, Irene! And thanks for coming by, Diane ( -- I looked for your name in the Members book). I've been hit and miss the past few years myself.
    I think after you two commented I added the bit about the LIVING HAIKU ANTHOLOGY - worth checking out the site if you haven't already.
    - Robyn Black
  4. October 13, 2017 9:49 AM EDT
    Congratulations for your poems published, Robyn. I'm always happy to see what you've written. I will check on that 'found' anthology, too. And will visit your 'haunted' shop!
    - Linda Baie
  5. October 13, 2017 11:11 AM EDT
    Your sea fog is wonderful!
    I had to laugh at Diane's comment.
    - Tabatha
  6. October 13, 2017 11:14 AM EDT
    Congratulations on your publications! I always look forward to coming here to learn more about haiku. And I have loved the daily Issa haiku that I signed up for after learning about it from you. Now to keep writing haiku and explore the form even more.
    - Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)
  7. October 13, 2017 12:46 PM EDT
    Linda, thanks so much! I think you'd enjoy the little Dover book. Happy October-ing to you and the grand girls!

    Hi, Tabatha - thanks! Sea fog was a new thing to experience here after "mountain fog" for so many years. Diane always makes me laugh - or think! And thanks for the artsyletters visit!! :0)

    Kay, thanks for such kind words! And so glad you've fallen under haiku's spell. It's addictive.... ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  8. October 13, 2017 3:03 PM EDT
    Leave it to you to find the treasures, Robyn... in bookstores, in jewelry-making, and in sea fog. xo
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  9. October 13, 2017 6:54 PM EDT
    Congrats on the haiku in the collection, Robyn. The haiku you post (of yours and others) are so beautiful in their clarity and simplicity.
    - Violet N.
  10. October 13, 2017 8:50 PM EDT
    Michelle, I am always on the hunt! ;0) Thanks for coming by, my friend.

    Thank you, Violet - I think the clarity and simplicity of haiku are what call me so powerfully; you should see my messy desk and studio! ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  11. October 13, 2017 11:08 PM EDT
    For so few words, it feels like I am always learning new things about haiku; always new surprises to tantalise the sense.
    - Kathryn Apel
  12. October 14, 2017 5:27 AM EDT
    What a find! I love it when I can find a book that delights me at a thrift store price. And, sea fog.....that is a gorgeous haiku. Love it and the multiple meanings it holds. Great visit to your blog this week.
    - Linda Mitchell
  13. October 14, 2017 8:54 AM EDT
    Your sea fog haiku is hauntingly beautiful.
    - Molly Hogan
  14. October 15, 2017 2:16 AM EDT
    Hi, Kat - thanks for popping in. I feel the same way about haiku! :0)

    Linda, I'm all about the treasures at bargain prices, too! Thank you for such kind words about my poem.

    Hi, Molly - many thanks! I appreciate your coming by.
    - Robyn Black
  15. October 15, 2017 8:31 AM EDT
    Haiku was a subject of heated discussion in my house this week, since Duncan (9th grade)was assigned to write 3 for his Creative Writing class. Apparently he hates haiku and haiku are gay. (He enjoys provoking his two moms by calling things gay in a clearly derogatory manner and then acting offended that we think he would deride gayness when he's the son of two moms. Devilish, eh?) Anyway, I went to my poetry shelf to find some appealing examples and found NEXT TO NOTHING. So this is a timely post. Congrats on all your publications. Your ghost story is haunting indeed.
    - Heidi Mordhorst
  16. October 15, 2017 11:24 AM EDT
    Hi, Heidi - your story with Duncan, and the fact that your oldest just went off to college, reminds me of a sketch on Prairie Home Companion this weekend - an ad for rentals of a snarky robot teenager to take the place of freshly fledged children. Ha!
    But glad my post was timely for you all. Maybe check out David G. Lanoue's Haiku Guy site and haiku novels... many teens like them.
    You're still in the trenches - good luck! ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  17. October 15, 2017 3:17 PM EDT
    Congrats on your inclusion in the Living Haiku Anthology Robyn and poem in "on down the road" ! Thanks for sharing your seasonal haiku-quite timely, and I always appreciate hearing about new/old haiku books I'll have to check out this one by Dover, thanks!
    - Michelle Kogan
  18. October 18, 2017 9:38 PM EDT
    Thanks so much, Michelle! I always have more in my haiku to-read stack than I can handle in a sitting. ;0)
    - Robyn Black

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