The Haiku Handbook is the first book to give readers everything they need to begin appreciating, writing, or teaching haiku. In this groundbreaking and now-classic volume, the authors present haiku poets writing in English, Spanish, French, German, and five other languages on an equal footing with Japanese poets. Not only are the four great Japanese masters of the haiku represented (Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki) but also major Western authors not commonly known to have written poetry in this form, including Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac and Richard Wright. With a
WILLIAM J. HIGGINSON (1938-2008) has been called "the guru of American haiku." For over 40 years, Higginson translated, wrote, commented about, lectured on and taught haiku. He was the author or editor of more than 30 books. PENNY HARTER is a widely-published poet. She is a poet-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council of the Arts and has won three poetry fellowships from the Council, as well as an award from the Poetry Society of America. Harter has worked for many years as a teaching poet for the Council's Arts-in-Education program; she also travels extensively, giving workshops and lectures.