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Baseball Haiku
Here's a unique and thoroughly stunning new volume which I picked up today while passing through O'Hare airport in Chicago. It's called "Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written About the Game," edited by Cor van den Heuvel and Nanae Tamura. It's published by W.W. Norton and is priced at US$ 19.95.

I am just plowing through this now. There are numerous haiku in both English and Japanese, with excellent notes about the writers and the poems. As an appendix there is a brief summary of the history and bibliography of Japanese baseball.

What an unusual and imaginative tribute to the game we all love. Every Hanshin Tiger fan will want to memorize this:
Koushien
isshun tsubame to
ryoufuu to

[Translation: "Koshien Stadium / at the same moment a swallow / and a cool breeze"]
-- Arima Akito, 1930
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Re: Baseball Haiku
[ Author: Guest: ed markowski | Posted: Mar 21, 2008 11:58 AM ]

Glad you enjoyed the book.

Ed Markowski
          change up...
a grasshopper arrives
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