Aug 27 2021
I am so pleased to announce the latest publication from the Poetry Chaikhana:
The Awakened One
Buddha-Themed Haiku from Around the World
Edited by Adjei Agyei-Baah and Gabriel Rosenstock
$8.95 / £6.50 / €7.60
This new collection pairs contemporary haiku by poets from around the world with classical Japanese haiku.
heavenly mystery . . .
descend on a stone buddha
– Imaizumi Sogetsu-ni (1750-1804)
the garden buddha’s head crowned
with cherry blossoms
rafale de vent
le bouddha du jardin couronne
de fleurs de cerisier
– Olivier Schopfer (Switzerland)
Modern haikuists from the UK, the US, Croatia, India, Nigeria and a dozen other countries converse via haiku with Japanese masters, like Basho, Issa and Buson, sharing moments of insight expressed in poetry of a single breath.
in a cloudy well
this one moon . . .
let us all adore it
– Tagami Kikusha-ni (1753–1826)
the morning moon mingles
with the petals
trešnja u cvatu
stopljen s laticama
– Tomislav Maretić (Croatia)
The Awakened One offers us a poetic dialog on the nature of awareness across culture and time.
many solemn nights
blond moon, we stand and marvel . . .
sleeping our noons away
– Matsunaga Teitoku (1571–1654)
moonlight in the emptiness
of his cupped hand
– Katherine Raine (New Zealand)
Poetry has helped me navigate through the past couple of years. Some poems bring me to silence, others give voice to my grief and anger. Some awaken pure delight, others remind me to flow with life. The Awakened One is a perfect collection for this time. Within these haiku we hear the voices of poets, men and women from all over the world contemplating a moment, a feeling, or the vast expanse, all within just a few lines. Reading them, there is a shared experience, a shared breath, a shared spark of awareness. Reading these haiku grounds us and reweaves us into the world community.
This is one to spend time with, keeping it nearby to read just a page or two at a time.
Your purchase of The Awakened One is an excellent way to support the Poetry Chaikhana. Remember to buy additional copies to send as gifts to friends and fellow poetry lovers. Copies can also be donated to schools, libraries and prisons – allowing haiku to work its healing alchemy in the world.
Have a beautiful, poetic day!
PS – Although The Awakened One has just been published, it is already listed at #16 on Amazon’s best sellers in their Haiku & Japanese Poetry category! The longer that number remains high, the more awareness of the book will spread beyond the Poetry Chaikhana community.
Available through Amazon:
US – CAN – UK – FR – DE – IT – ES – AUS
Available soon through other online outlets, like Barnes & Noble, Wordery and The Book Depository.
Also available through your local bookstore by request.