The haiku is a tiny poem of Japanese origin, usually only three lines long and a total of seventeen syllables, that uses concrete images to create a sensation one can almost touch, smell and taste. Just as in nature, each poem is made up of fundamental building blocks that together form a living, breathing entity. The true beauty of haiku lies in its ability to capture an intensely human moment, mood or insight with a clarity and poignancy that can be lost in other verse forms. This inspiring anthology is a beautiful collection that brings together 136 of the best contemporary poets from around the world, and features traditional Japanese Masters such as the much loved Issa and Basho.
Zen poetry is poetry of the senses, using simple yet powerful language to capture an intensely human moment. This wonderful anthology features a wide array of renowned contemporary and traditional poets from around the world who, with the greatest economy of words and purity of vision, have captured those moments of true feeling that make up the human experience. With delicate sumi-e artwork intermingled with the verse, Zen Poems in an exquisite collection that is both inspirational and beautiful.