17 Apr International Haiku Day
International Haiku Poetry Day
Every April 17, we celebrate the art form of haiku through International Haiku Poetry Day, an initiative of The Haiku Foundation. Haiku is an ancient form of Japanese poetry that consists of three lines with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five syllables again in the last line. Usually, haikus revolve around an element of nature, a season, a moment of beauty, or an individual experience. Find ideas and inspiration for your own haiku poetry with our selections below! Click on a book title to place a hold on a physical copy through the Evergreen catalog.
Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems, Stephen Adams, ed.
This anthology is a collection of poetry honoring Japanese haiku. An introduction by the translators and short biographies of the poets are included, along with reproductions of woodblock prints and paintings.
Haiku: The Last Poems of an American Icon, Richard Wright
This title includes a selection of 817 haiku poems from American author Richard Wright, in which he attempted to capture the zen discipline and beauty in depicting man’s relationship to nature and the natural world.
Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart, Patricia Donegan, ed.
Patricia Donegan shares her experience of the haiku form in this title, which features a collection of 108 haiku poems on themes such as honesty, transience, and compassion.