Haiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in three short lines, is celebrated for its ability to express a simple moment in a profound way. The "haiku moment," as it is called, refers to a heightened awareness of the world around us and how, in that small, transient period, the greater essence of our lives is reflected.
As our culture speeds up and our personal lives feel overbooked and busy, haiku can offer an easy way to slow down, appreciate the simple things around us, and give us a moment to reflect on our lives. In "Haiku Mind," Patricia Donegan presents 108 haiku that offer a larger lesson on how we can approach our lives. With themes such as honesty, transience, and compassion, Donegan offers haiku and commentary as a form of meditation--a moment where we can slowly and naturally discover what is simply here.
About the Author
Patricia Donegan is a poet, translator, and promoter of haiku as an awareness practice. She was a faculty member of East-West poetics at Naropa University under Allen Ginsberg and ChOgyam Trungpa; a student of Japanese haiku master Seishi Yamaguchi; and a Fulbright scholar to Japan. She is a meditation teacher, the poetry editor for" Kyoto Journal," and a member of the Haiku Society of America. Her haiku works include" Haiku Mind" " 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart," " Chiyo-ni: Woman Haiku Master" (co-translated with Yoshie Ishibashi), and" Haiku: Asian Arts for Creative Kids." Her poetry collections include" Without Warning, Bone Poems, " and" Hot Haiku. "
“Haiku Mind succeeds as a book I can share with my in-laws or the guy at the coffee shop. Donegan has a confident grasp of the subject and her poem selections are strong. As her meditations often include discussions of biography and allusion, even old hands will find new aspects of familiar poems.”—Modern Haiku