Besides writing several volumes of his own haiku, Robert Epstein has edited several collections of themed haiku, and is currently working on another, a selection of haiku on aging. Today’s Book of the week is, I think, his most interesting editorial work so far: Dreams Wander On: Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness, published by Denis Garrison’s Modern English Tanka Press in 2011. In his 20 page introduction, Epstein writes knowledgeably about death haiku, their history, traditions, eminent practitioners, and the various possibilities for the survival of this genre in the world of modern haiku. There is as well, of course, a discriminating selection of haiku, haiga, and tanka poems by many English language poets on the theme of death . Enjoy!
but what if I die
the trail so long
-Charles B. Dickson
to see the Void vast infinite
look out the window
into the blue sky
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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