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Haiku Apprentice, The
Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan
by: Abigail Friedman and Foreword by Michael Dylan Welch
 
Discover the beauty of haiku in this poetic memoir of life abroad
 
Price : US$14.95
 
ISBN: 978-1-933330-04-4
236 pp, paper, 5.4 x 8", 4 b/w photos and illustrations
Foreword by Michael Dylan Welch

"A deft and seamless merging of genres: at once memoir, travel literature, and an unpretentious guide onto the terrain of Japanese poetry. It will appeal not just to poetry lovers, but to all readers who are curious about the world beyond their own borders."
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"Friedman is an appealing guide through an alternate Japan where modern people make poems about teacups and temples but also about skyscrapers and kidney surgery."
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The problem came to a head one day as I was driving through Tokyo. While waiting for the light to change, I saw the following public service announcement on the side of a bus: Omoiyari hitonikurumani konomachini (Sympathy / toward people, toward cars / toward this town). Seventeen syllables. Five-seven-five format. It must be a haiku, I thought. But when I reached the office and repeated the announcement to my Japanese coworkers, none of them thought it was a haiku. I knew they were thinking to themselves, What kind of a lunatic is she? One tried to break the news to me gently, Itís not a haiku, itís an advertising jingle. Well, I knew it was an advertising jingle, but still, wasnít it an advertising jingle haiku?
óFrom The Haiku Apprentice

Abigail Friedman was an American diplomat in Tokyo, not a writer. A chance encounter leads her to a haiku group, where she discovers poetry that anyone can enjoy writing. Her teacher and fellow haiku group members instruct her in seasonal flora and fauna, and gradually she learns to describe the world in plain words, becoming one of the millions in Japan who lead a haiku life. This is the authorís story of her literary and cultural voyage, and more: it is an invitation to readers to form their own neighborhood haiku groups and, like her, learn to see the world anew.

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