Black Card (English, Spanish and Japanese Edition) 
Author: 
Ban'ya Natsuishi
Binding: 
Paperback
ISBN: 
9788182534193
Publisher: 
Cyberwit.net 2012 

The latest haiku collection BLACK CARD by Ban ya Natsuishi leaves no doubt in our minds that the poet is successful in confronting the inner and external realities. These poems reveal the bitter truth and realities of the new millennium. Ban ya as a haiku poet is not confined and restricted to nature and season-word. Ban ya aptly remarks: I believe that haiku poem can be written well without season words, written well in free form and not only in 5-7-5 syllables . Sayumi Kamakura too points out that sincerity of emotion is more important than using season words: Season words are still merely words. As long as they are words, then the emotions the author attempts to convey with them should take precedence over the words themselves. The Japanese haiku that has touched me are those where the author's true sentiments burst from the words. What is most important in haiku is how much true feeling is included in the poem".

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Modern Japanese Haiku (English and Japanese Edition)
Author: 
Ban'ya Natsuishi & Sayumi Kamakura
Binding: 
Paperback
ISBN: 
9788182533516
Publisher: 
Cyberwit.net 2012 

Anyone new to the study of haiku soon realizes that there are pages and pages of explanations of what makes a successful haiku, pages and pages of rules for writing haiku, endless pages attempting to define haiku. And of course, all the explanations, rules, and definitions contradict one another. A lover of haiku can only smile and accept the contradictions as inherent in the form itself. A haiku, after all, is a poem that offers us a glimpse of paradox obscured by clarity. How is that for a contradiction? Here is advice for a poet just setting out on this journey of haiku: Read haiku. Read every collection of haiku you can find, every haiku journal, every website devoted to this form. And always, always, you will find yourself coming back to the work of Ban'ya Natsuishi and Sayumi Kamakura. Here's the best part: You will find individual haiku by Natsuishi and Kamakura to which you keep returning, not because the haiku soothe or comfort or reveal the answers to the great mysteries of the universe, but because the poems do just the opposite: they bother, they unsettle, they contradict.

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About Ban’ya Natsuishi and Sayumi Kamakura

Ban’ya Natsuishi, master of contemporary haiku and trailblazer at home on the overflowing haiku mountain of life, offers the world - Hybrid Paradise, a collection of his recent, liberating work. In 2009, I wrote a review in a book for him, The Poetical Achievements of Ban’ya Natsuishi, understanding the honour of casting my views on such outstanding haiku. Again, I am thrilled to be involved in the process of expounding works of this incredible author, who has been a great influence in forging ahead with my own style of muki-haiku (seasonless poem technique)! Hybrid Paradise contains a vast array of haiku, from life’s illusions during the golden experiences of life’s challenges—the sometimes exhilarating yet blurring of memories in our final days, to infinity, and the consciousness of elements. Throughout these pages, Ban’ya provides flashes of brilliance that bring us to the present moment by considering fresh leaves a reminder of a lost book, bridging time by guiding the reader to the past, future potential, and current renewed state of form… the recycling of God’s materials. One can only admire the acuity and playfulness of Ban’ya’s mind for example in The Patriarch on the Seashore, Chapter 2, when he denotes the natural transition of life as ‘an elopement of grandparents’, giving an empowering edge to the often unexpected cross-over into the unknown, in the cycle of life and death. Elopements are usually regarded in the realm of free-will and decision-making, secret in nature, normally romantic in appeal. Ban’ya offers an invitation to remind all of us that at unknown and destined times we eventually ‘escape’ from life, abscond from the scorching sun we must endure in life challenges, and even the graveyard itself will return to the earth from which all matter originates.


Sayumi Kamakura was born in Kochi Prefecture, Japan, 1953. She began composing haiku while a student at Saitama University and studied haiku under the guidance of Toshiro Nomura and Sho Hayashi. In 1988, she won the Oki Sango Prize. The lyrical style of her haiku attracted attention, and in 1998 she established the haiku magazine "Ginyu" with Ban'ya Natsuishi, and has been its Editor since that time. She has attended international haiku or poetry festivals held in Japan, Slovenia, Portugal and Bulgaria. In 2001, she won the Modern Haiku Association Prize. Her published haiku collections include: Jun (Moisture, 1984), Mizu no Jujika (Water Cross, 1987), Tenmado kara (From the Skylight, 1992), Kamakura Sayumi Kushu (Haiku of Sayumi Kamakura, 1998). Hashireba haru(Run to Spring, 2001), She co-authored Gendai Haiku Panorama (1994), Gendai Haiku Handbook (1995), Gendai Haiku Shusei Zen 1 Kan (Contemporary Haiku Anthology in One Volume, 1996), etc. She also published, in both Japanese and English, A Singing Blue: 50 Selected Haiku (2000). Her haiku has been translated into English, Greek, Russian, Bulgarian, Portuguese and Korean. She is a member and Treasurer of the World Haiku Association.

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