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Haiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in three short lines, is celebrated for its ability to express a simple moment in a profound way. The “haiku moment,” as it is called, refers to a heightened awareness of the world around us and how, in that small, transient period, the greater essence of our lives is reflected. As our culture speeds up and our personal lives feelHaiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in three short lines, is celebrated for its ability to express a simple moment in a profound way. The “haiku moment,” as it is called, refers to a heightened awareness of the world around us and how, in that small, transient period, the greater essence of our lives is reflected. As our culture speeds up and our personal lives feel overbooked and busy, haiku can offer an easy way to slow down, appreciate the simple things around us, and give us a moment to reflect on our lives. In Haiku Mind, Patricia Donegan presents 108 haiku that offer a larger lesson on how we can approach our lives. With themes such as honesty, transience, and compassion, Donegan offers haiku and commentary as a form of meditation—a moment where we can slowly and naturally discover what is simply here....

Title : Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart
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ISBN : 9781590305799
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Number of Pages : 231 Pages
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Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart Reviews

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2019-06-01 23:43

    not a reviewjust a fewhaiku DEBNANCEviolets here and therein the ruins of my burnt house SHOKYU-NIthis world of dewis yes, a world of dewand yet... ISSA this spring in my hutthere is nothingthere is everything SODO YAMAGUCHIafter the rainbomb craters filledwith stars JOHN BRANDI

  • Larry Smith
    2019-06-05 23:00

    The more you read these essential haiku and Patricia Donegan's wise reflections, the closer you come to awakening your world and self. This book ages like good wine.

  • Pamela
    2019-06-19 22:43

    108 Haiku written by both legendary haiku writers (Basho, Issa, et al.) to modern writers (Elizabeth Searle Lamb, Jack Kerouac, et al.) followed by Donegan's commentary. This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in reading and writing haiku. I have the Kindle edition; I initially read it through from beginning to end, and now find myself returning to it anytime I feel like reading a brief, meditative piece. Donegan's brief commentaries following each haiku are interesting and informative. I discovered many new haiku writers who I'd not previously heard of, plus several journals of interest to me.

  • Donna Jo Atwood
    2019-05-26 03:45

    Each haiku is given two pages which contains the poem itself, a short meditation, and a few words about the poet. Although the editor chose the themes for these haidu inspired by Buddhist tradition, they can be enjoyed by readers of any religion. They encourage the reader to slow down and reflect upon life, to take time to see what is, to come away from being self-absorbed.This is a lovely little book, worthy of rereading.

  • Liz
    2019-06-09 21:02

    I have completed this wonderful little book and now am re-reading the poems. The book has instilled a desire to try my hand a haiku. My belief is that it should be a relaxing experience forming small poems from few words. This book feeds the mind with images brought forth with the carefully chosen discriptions in the poetry. A gentle feast indeed.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-13 20:53

    Sweet book - a holiday present that a poked through while home in New Jersey for a week. The criticisms were insightful and the selection of haiku was very varied and included American haiku, which was a nice treat.I think it's a shame that the book is marketed the way it is because it's a smart collection and Patricia Donegan is an excellent scholar.

  • Satia
    2019-05-22 03:59

    I almost want to give this five stars because really it deserves more than a four. A wonderful book. For a full review:

  • Elly Sands
    2019-05-24 02:01

    A delightful book and a real joy to read. I began seeing my immediate surroundings via creating a haiku. What a relaxing and centering way to view the world. It makes the mundane sparkle.

  • Peggy
    2019-05-29 00:41

    This beautiful book provides 108 haiku, both traditional and modern. I was delighted to find the beats well represented, but finding Jorge Luis Borges too was an unexpected pleasure. Donegan identified universal themes for each haiku, including Sky Mind, Adversity, Epiphany, Healing, and Beyond Terrorism. Each haiku is accompanied by an essay in which Donegan discusses the haiku in terms of the theme. Her discussions are rich with knowledge of history, geography, the world of work, women's roles, politics, war, and Buddhism. She often identifies the place in the poem in which enlightenment is revealed. Then a brief biography of each poet is included. I read the book, which I checked out from the public library, on Kindle. Though I was happy to find it available to me, in the end I think that this is not the ideal form for a book like this. I had to page through the book to find the Diane di Prima haiku, something more quickly and easily done in paper form. Plus I wanted to underline and write notes in the margins--highlighting and annotating aren't quite the same experience. On the other hand, if I feel this way, why not simply purchase a paper copy?

  • Julie
    2019-06-06 01:37

    I am doing a reading challenge and one of the tasks was to read a book of poetry. I found this one on goodreads and thought that haikus would be a good idea for me because I like conciseness. And what is more concise that a haiku. Upon reading them though, I found out they were not concise but ridiculous! Haikus are supposed to be 3 lines, 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. There was maybe one haiku in this book that followed that rule. Also, some of them weren't even 3 lines. Most of them had 2 thoughts that flow together and then some random phrase out of nowhere. Then there was the fun commentary after each one. I despise being told what to think and this commentary did exactly that. It was even more ridiculous than the haiku itself. Reading way too much into things. Sometimes when someone says a flower, it really means a flower, not some sort of symbolism for everything in the world. This commentary also did not allow the reader to reflect on the haiku themselves. In short, I had to struggle through every word of this book and only finished it so I could mark it off for my 2015 challenge.

  • Maurice Halton
    2019-06-16 00:47

    I never finish reading this type of book; its for dipping into from time to time. It helps the mind to return to the true reality.Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of verse. A Haiku usually has three lines; the first line has five syllables, the second has seven and the third five. A well known example, penned by the seventeenth-century poet Basho Matsuo runs古い静かな池カエルはジャンプする水の音Old quiet pondThe frog jumpsSound of water(there are many translations, however)Haiku are not meant to be “clever”; they are simple and concise reflections of the illusionary world.

  • Terra
    2019-06-18 01:07

    I started this book in June and read one of the 108 entires nearly every day until the start of November. I found it a grounding way to start my day. I am going to miss this book with its quiet wisdom.A mixture of early Japanese haiku from the 1600's to modern day Americans and one Canadian each page starts with a topic such as greed, simplicity or communication. Then you have the simple beautiful haiku followed by Patrica Donegan's commentary. Each entry ends with a brief description of the author with their dates of birth and death, if they have died.Patricia's commentary is suscient, ensisuccinct, insightful and stretching... lily; out of the water.... out of itself Nicholas Virgilio

  • SmarterLilac
    2019-06-04 03:41

    A deep and varied look at the haiku form. Many different themes and perspectives populate this book. War, joy, children, old age--even abortion--make appearances. I read this in one sitting (backwards for some reason) while my internet was out. That's probably not an accident. Everything in this collection encourages us to embrace contemplation, which may require special focus in the digital age. Not sure I would have gotten as much out of it had I broken it up into different sessions.These tiny poems give us a wide angled lens with which to experience this art. And I will definitely look into reading more from the poets featured here. Haiku is more than just Basho.

  • C.B. Wentworth
    2019-06-06 04:49

    Part devotional, part haiku, Haiku Mind explores the philosophy and practice of writing haiku. Author Patricia Donegan pairs haiku (both traditional and contemporary from all around the world) with the basic themes of meditation as a means to weave together the creative pursuit of poetry and the life pursuit of finding inner peace. As a small anthology of haiku, it is a beautiful array that spans the early masters to modern poets. Donegan's commentary ranges from insightful to humorous, while also giving another perspective in which to view each haiku. Overall, it's an uplifting read that inspires contemplation.

  • megan-redwitch
    2019-06-03 20:57

    while perhaps not the world's best haiku collection the coming together of theme, short exploratory musings by the editor, and brief bio of the author, make it an excellent introduction to the form - and the way of the form, the why of the form - that i would highly recommend to almost anyone looking to understand haiku or expand their appreciation, or simply as a beautiful meditation to follow through no matter how long or short you decide to go through the 108 entries : )

  • Blaine
    2019-06-10 00:56

    HAIKU - Japanese form of poetry. English versions are usually three lines and contain an aspect of nature and evokes some form of emotion. This is a wonderful collection of poems that helps you stay in the present and concentrate on the current thought\image presented by the poet. Each poem is given some interpretation and the reader is given a short biography of the poet and the context of their writing. Nicely done.

  • christopher leibow
    2019-05-31 22:45

    a great idea for a book. Looking at haiku's as a way to mindfulness. The author presents a haiku and a brief commentary regarding the haiku and how it relates to mindfulness. The only critique would be the small biographies about the haiku authors at the end of each example, feel a little redundant, and not as well written as the rest of the book.

  • Karl Nehring
    2019-06-07 03:49

    I should have probably given in two stars, as it was "just OK," but that rating just seemed too harsh. This is a well-intentioned book that starts off as though it might be interesting but by the last third or so seems to tail off into frothiness and fluff. Many of the haiku are interesting, but the commentary is for the most part fairly thin gruel.

  • Jennifer Fifield
    2019-06-05 22:01

    This was one of the most lovely books I have read in a long time. I plan to re-read this from time to time for a dose of beauty and calm.

  • Donna
    2019-05-22 02:56

    I've read this book as a daily devotional - a haiku and interpretation is about a page total. Loved it. This book also makes a very nice gift.

  • Karin
    2019-05-24 00:38

    I liked the selection of haikus. Sometimes I skipped her writing and read just the haiku.

  • Krysti
    2019-05-27 21:57

    The Haiku was great...sometimes I just ended up trying not to look at the author's titles and notes, though because it seemed to hamper my own creativity! :P

  • Scott Wiggerman
    2019-06-05 20:41

    Half haiku, half self-help (along Zen lines). An interesting approach to "seeing" more than meets the eye.

  • Sydney
    2019-05-28 02:54

    In spite of the subtitle, this is a fine book for teaching the craft of haiku.

  • Beth
    2019-06-13 03:58

    Not a book I would probably choose on my own (it was a gift) but nice for a change of pace!

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-04 03:41

    Consumed in minutes, only the poems.

  • Oz
    2019-06-11 03:42

    There are many good haiku in this book, each standing alongside a few great ones throughout. The editor's commentary was so-so, but overall not bad.

  • Don Wentworth
    2019-06-20 22:54

    One of the finest anthologies of haiku, with superlative haiku commentary. In a league with the classic 4 volume Haiku set by R. H. Blyth.

  • Lindy
    2019-05-26 05:07

    Great resource to unlock the creative spirit.

  • Rebecca Kane
    2019-06-08 22:47

    Finally, a book that explains haiku in a simple, yet visionary way.