Tokihiko Kusama produced this chapbook (Nagata, 1992) at the beginnings of Japanese interest in exchanging haiku ideas with poets from other cultures. It was fashionable in those days to offer such a volume, and this one, modestly selecting a mere handful of poems from a lifetime’s involvement with the genre, and in translation by the esteemed Jack Stamm, is a particularly elegant example.
You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.
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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 roses . . . the office poet picks up his paltry bonusBoats clear the harbor evening sun penetrates my spring overcoatAthletic meet embarrasssment surrounds a nursing motherJust too tired for courtship and all that — twilight cicadasLeaving the sky open for wild geese dusk falls on a bridgeWinter night I scatter extra parsley over my soup