Bibliographie / Bibliography

In English


Blyth R. H. : L'Anthologie, l'ouvrage de référence du haiku japonais classique dans la culture anglo-saxone.

Haiku Volume 1 Eastern Culture
Book East (4590005727)
Trade Paper;

Haiku Volume 2 Spring
Hokuseido (4590005735, 1992)
Trade paper;

Haiku Volume 3 Summer Autumn
Book East (4590005743, 1982)
Trade paper;

Haiku Volume 4 Autumn Winter
Book East (4590005751)
Trade paper;

History Of Haiku
Book East (0964704021, 1984)
Trade paper;

History Of Haiku Volume 2
Hokuseido Press (096470403x, 1998)
Trade paper;

Zen In English Literature & Oriental Classics
Book East (4590000113)
Trade paper;

William J. Higginson

The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku. (#)

Written mainly 1981-83, revised slightly before publication in 1985, now in its 10th printing with Kodansha after 3-5 printings with McGraw-Hill. The sub-title tells the story, except that it also includes a thumbnail history of haiku, both in Japan and in North America and the rest of the world, according to what author knew then. European references to early French work, Seferis, Eluard, and the then only action ongoing that author knew about: Kervern, the Dutch/Flemish Vuursteen, German, and Yugoslav Haiku. Brief chapters or half-chapters on tanka, renga/renku, haibun, senryu. Extensive reference section up to date at the time. Some 400+ poems as examples. The standard for getting a handle on this difficult yet beautiful way of making poems.

The Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World (#)

(Kodansha, 1996). A monograph on the seasonal aspect of traditional Japanese poetry, which covers from Manyoshu/Kokinshu through renga and renku to haiku and senryu. Three renga/renku samples, including one that Shiki (who is supposed to have hated renku, according to Donald Keene and others) led. A decent chapter on the differences between hokku/haiku/senryu. Thorough description of the Japanese saijiki (haikai almanac), with suggestions for how to make one. Proposal for an international saijiki. Lots of examples.

Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac (#)

(Kodansha, 1996). A full-blown saijiki, 1000 poems from 600+ poets, 50 countries, 25 original languages. All poems in original languages (character texts given in romanized form only) and translations. For each of 650 or so terms, mostly season words, defines and gives sample poems. Sections for the four seasons, New Year, and All Year--my version of what the Japanese call "zo" miscellaneous or "muki" seasonless. Almost all the poems (90-95%) by then-living poets, and most very recent work. The introductory materials tell how the book was compiled. A very good and very systematic anthology od world haiku.


The Anthology of Southeastern European Haiku Poetry
Dimitar Anakiev, Jim Kacian:  Prijatelj, Tolmin Slovenia, 1999 ISBN 961-90715-0-8
Première anthologie donnant un panorama du haiku dans les Balkans. L'esthétique balkanique du haiku dans une présentation très sobre. Le point de départ d'un mouvement.

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