The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, & Teach Haiku.
William J. Higginson with Penny Harter. Bibliographic Data:
Trade Paperback, 331 Pages, Kodansha International, March 1992.
List Price: $14.00 ISBN: 4770014309
The Haiku Handbook is the first book to give the
reader everything needed to begin writing or teaching haiku. It
presents 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
several major Western authors not commonly known to have written
The book presents a concise history of the Japanese haiku,
including the dynamic changes throughout the twentieth century
as the haiku has been adapted to suburban and industrial
settings. Full chapters are offered on form, the seasons in
haiku, and haiku craft, plus background on the Japanese poetic
tradition, and the effect of translation on our understanding of
haiku. Other unique features are the lesson plans for both
elementary and secondary school use; and lists of haiku
publishers and magazines (in several languages). The Handbook
concludes with a full reference section of haiku-related terms,
bibliography, and a comprehensive season-word list to aid in
understanding and appreciating Japanese haiku.