Our Book of the Week is A Future Waterfall: 100 Haiku from the Japanese by Ban’ya Natsuishi, published by Red Moon Press in a second, expanded version in 2004, with an Introduction by Jim Kacian and a selection of the poet’s prose writings. Certainly one of the most discussed, analyzed, praised and controversial books of haiku in English, A Future Waterfall, in Japanese with English translations, is a touchstone of the gendai, or “modern” haiku movement.
From the future
a wind arrives
that blows the waterfall apart
Put a period deeply
into the desert
at the center of the New World
That’s my brain, there!
in the cottony clouds
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 THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission