Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Special Feature: Those Women Writing Haiku edited by Jane Reichhold

My Dear Readers:

In celebration of International Women's Day, I am pleased to introduce you to Those Women Writing Haiku, an online AHA Book edited with notes, bibliography, and biographies by Jane Reichhold. It is  the first English language book about "a history of women who wrote haiku (and tanka) from the beginning of recorded history in Japan, across the centuries to Europe, then to the North American continent and back to Japan ending in 1990." This historically significant book contains the following chapters:

Chapter One - From the Islands of Beginning
Chapter One Anthology - Classical Japanese Tanka and Haiku
Chapter Two - Tanka and Haiku Come to America
Chapter Two Anthology - From Cinquains to Contemporary American Haiku
Chapter Three - Haiku Magazines in America
Chapter Four - Haiku in Canada
Chapter Four Anthology - Canadian Haiku
Chapter Five - Haiku in Germany & Holland
Chapter Five Anthology - Haiku in Germany & Holland
Chapter Six - Haiku and Tanka in Japan
Chapter Six Anthology - Haiku in Japan

Selected Haiku (and Tanka):

my body
wasted by winter
if only I
like fields burned over
had hope for spring

Lady Ise

on her day off
the prostitute wakes up alone
the night's chill

Fukuda Chiyo-ni

window clouds:
under the quilt
our soft folds

Ruth Yarrow

returning home
only the pendulum
in motion

Betty Kendell Bennett

we dip in the lake the sun and i

Ruby Spriggs

a square of sunlight
on the worn-out seats
of the waiting room

Adri van den Berg

New Year's Eve;
a tin rattles out of
the empty street.

Gusta van Gulick

sitting in a train
a man holds back his tears
I close my eyes
Nicole Gagné

on the scale
my bathed and steaming body
this night of snow

Nobuko Katsura

the funeral home --
a birdbath
with no water

Ava Kar

my obituary ?
one candle and
a little wind

Maxianne Berger

four a.m.
in a corner of the tent
the moon

Hélène Leclerc

breast self examination
a moth batters
the screened window

Winona Baker

rain on the roof
the rhythm of our lovemaking
slower paced

Joanne Morcom

1 comment:

  1. Dear Chen-ou and Jane,

    It is a gift to share Asian verse from a cross-cultural perspective and significant story of the evolution of haiku from different perspectives. Much is written about the males significant in the rich history, but much is left unsaid about the female contributors in the early evolution on this remarkable. As we journey forward--it is the artists that help haiku live beyond barriers especially in the general poetry genres.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful issue of NeverEnding Story. Wishing you both the best!