Haiku: Natures Meditation by Nora D’Ecclesis.
Reviewed by Gabriel Constans.
This lovely book is the best description of haiku that I’ve come across in many years. Haiku: Natures Meditation is beautifully laid out, with accompanying photos. The term (Haiku) is described as, “Haiku is three short little lines in a small poem that speaks volumes about how we think when viewing nature.” Ms. D’Ecclesis also provides a history of haiku, what “haiku” style means, and where it originated from (zen Buddhism, Taoism, and Shintoism).
The author includes historical, and popular masters of haiku, such as Basho.
Leaking through the roof
Dripping from the wats’ nest
Haiku involves the what, where, and when, of a moment, as well as juxtaposition, crescendo, mystery, and realism. Here is one by the author that encompasses many of these traits.
Watching the white tail
The deer steps eloquently
Chunks of ice float by
There are are many famous ancestors, proponents, and writers, of haiku in Japan and around the world. Haiku: Natures Meditation is an excellent introduction to this poetry if you are unfamiliar with the style, and a welcome edition, if you are already well versed in the art. Here is another one of my favorites by Ms. D’Ecclesis.
Nor’easter brings ice –
Snow like a Russian novel
A single finch chirps