The Press: Haiku Is Here

Up the barley rows, stitching, stitching them together, a butterfly goes.

-Sora (1648-1710)

In the U.S., poetry reading is left mostly to poets -and there are not many poets around. Magazines devoted exclusively to verse are frail, poverty-stricken, ephemeral publishing ventures, subject to sudden collapse; Poetry, largest (5,500 subscribers) of about ten U.S. poetry magazines, must beg constantly to stay alive. In book circles, the sale of 5,000 copies of a volume of poetry is considered unusually brisk. Yet by last week An Introduction to Haiku, a book on one form of...

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