Sunday, January 20, 2013
Here's a book I first bought several years ago, and find myself still buying for friends and relatives. Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart is a great addition to any library, but is particularly useful to people who are interested in the connections between the written word and "real life."
You can find it on Amazon.com.
Here's my original review in 2009: "Each of these 108 haiku is accompanied by a brief commentary that creates a context for the poem and explains how it works. The commentaries are insightful, although the titles for them (Pausing, Honesty, Sky-Mind) feel like editorial add-ons. I'm not quite as enthusiastic as the other reviewers, mainly because there's not enough about the language and structure of haiku here. But maybe my expectations are too literary. This is really a general audience book, which is in itself a laudable achievement. Give Haiku Mind book to everybody who doesn't understand why you spend all that time writing three-line poems that barely make sense: if they don't get it after reading the book, they never will."