Issa is arguably the most popular haiku poet of all time. His emotional plaints touch the heartstrings of all of us across the centuries, pointed up nicely on this broadsheet of translations by Dennis Maloney (White Pine Press, 2005).
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.
Winter seclusion all night, listening to mountain rainThis world of dew, just a world of dew, and yet . . .Insects on a branch floating downstream still singingMountain temple from the veranda —the voice of deerThe withered moor; a pheasant flies up surprising meA spring day: wherever there is water dusk lingers