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Dropping stone after stone by George Swede

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Acclaimed Toronto, Canada based psychologist, poet, and author George Swede is one of the most prominent haiku writers in English literature. His abilities to blend his interests in academics, psychology, and passion for writing have offered readers poignantly humorous observations on life. As an educator, Swede’s efforts to assist the less fortunate and advance their [...]



Unknowingly He Guided Us by Matsuo Basho

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Matsuo Basho, considered the greatest haiku masters of all time, had a devotion to poetry unlike any of his contemporaries during the Endo period. With a career originating as a young samurai, Basho left the position when his lord passed away and began his historical metaphysical journeys as a writer. Massive praise, tremendous formal recognition, [...]



November by Doris Heitmeyer

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Though little is readily available about contemporary poet, author, and secretary of the Haiku Society of America Doris Heitmeyer, we do know one thing: her passion for her craft shows. Her abilities to listen to nature, ask questions, collect information, and make it readily available for dissemination offers the world unique access to a world [...]



The moon in the middle of the sky By Yosa Buson

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Yosa (or also Taniguchi) Buson is highly esteemed and considered one of the greatest artists in the Benjina literari style. Second only to Basho in terms of haiku mastery, Buson began training as a late teen in Edo (Tokyo) under the instruction of Matsumara Goshun and became the best known disciple of his teacher. With [...]



Westerners like to conquer mountains by Taneda Santoka

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Taneda Santoka was the pen name of Taneda Shoichi, the Japanese author and poet best known for the twentieth century movement of free verse haiku. As one of the most prominent “rebel writers of the time period, Santoka’s work and lifestyle were quite unconventional and riddled with suffering. Financial problems, family struggles, and loss seasoned [...]



Preach away cricket by Natsume Soseki

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Natsume Soseki is considered the greatest writers in modern Japanese history. As the first Japanese student of British literature, Soseki’s scholarly pursuits greatly impacted all Japanese authors, writers, and artists who followed. His work also dramatically impacted the students he taught. At the turn of the 20th century, his contributions to literature included haiku, renku, [...]



Since I first became a hermit by Issa

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A life full of tragic events inspired Kobayashi Issa to concentrate on the most pure aspects of living: children and the struggles common people experience. As one of the Great Four haiku masters within Japan, Issa’s work was tremendous and influential. Buddhist beliefs were a founding principle for this 18th century poet and priest who [...]



Over the wintry by Natsume Soseki

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Natsume Soseki is considered the greatest writers in modern Japanese history. As the first Japanese student of British literature, Soseki’s scholarly pursuits greatly impacted all Japanese authors, writers, and artists who followed. His work also dramatically impacted the students he taught. At the turn of the 20th century, his contributions to literature included haiku, renku, [...]



Beyond a dark wood by Shiki

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Masoka Shiki was one of the most prominent haiku masters of the Meiji period within Japan. As one of the only four masters, Shiki’s work as a literary critic, poet, and author helped to shape the development of haiku and tanka. Though his life was brief (he passed away in his mid thirties,) Shiki’s craft [...]



A drift of ashes by Onitsura

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Onitsura’s beginnings as a haiku artist stemmed back to the roots planted as an eight year old child when he began writing haiku. This led to his schooling as a pupil of Matsue Shigeyori, Kitamura Kigin, and Nishiyama Soin at the age of thirteen. He then established his simple, straight-forward style in the same manner [...]