!Read ♁ Haiku ♭ As Good A Haiku Poet As This Country Has Ever Produced Seattle WeeklyLike All Great Writers, Richard Wright Never Failed To Create Works Of Breathtaking Originality, Depth, And Beauty With Native Son He Gave Us Bigger Thomas, Still One Of The Most Provocative And Controversial Characters In Fiction With Black Boy He Offered A Candid And Searing Depiction Of Racism And Poverty In America And Now, Forty Years After His Death, He Has Bestowed Us With One Of The Finest Collections Of Haiku In American LiteratureWright Became Enad Of Haiku At The End Of His Life, And In This Strict, Seventeen Syllable Form He Discovered Another Way Of Looking At The World He Rendered Images Of Nature And Humanity That Raised Questions And Revealed Strikingly Fresh Perspectives The Publication Of This Collection Is Not Only One Of The Greatest Posthumous Triumphs Of American Letters But Also A Final Testament To The Noble Spirit And Enduring Artistry Of Richard Wright
Haiku was written not long before Wrigt s death, and what a treasure it was to be left to his family and the world All the haiku are in the disciplined seventeen beats, 5 7 5 line construction He spent over a year writing haiku and nothing else These haiku show what a sensitive beautiful soul Wright was While reading them I thought, Wish mine were as good. This was an excellent group of poems composed by one of the most beloved and skilled 20th century American writers I appreciated how this work shows us a different side of this writer and his style Wright never limited his form of expression If you have enjoyed his fiction, his haiku are definitely worth reading. Mr Wright was a true artist in the haiku world While there are many diamonds in this collection, there are some rough ones that make you shake your head and wonder if you just read that Two of my favorites are Just enough of wind To sway all the forest trees In winter harmony Dazzling summer sun But the smell of the past comes With rain upon the dust A must read if you are looking to understand the characteristics of haiku. Richard Wright used haiku to grapple with a string of tragic human personal lose and his own illness.Richard Wright s daughter, Julia Wright described her father s work as self developed antidotes against illness, and that breaking down words into syllables matched the shortness of his breath They also offered her father a new form of expression and a new vision, with the threat of death constantly before him, he found inspiration, beauty, and insights in and through the haiku form The discovery and writing of haiku also helped him come to terms with nature and the earth, which in his early years he had viewed as hostile and equated with suffering and physical hunger. I had read a review of this book when it was first published, but I didn t get around to buying it until I came back to Japan and joined an English haiku circle.Now I m a huge fan The images are beautiful and Richard as we call him in my haiku circle strictly follows the 5 7 5 form I reread this book whenever I need to recharge Nothing like an African American in France writing haiku in English to help put everything in perspective. HAIKU by Richard WrightHis is a precise pattern of seventeen syllable, that is 5 7 5 It has to take the gentlest soul to count every single heartbeat that lived out to share the sublime experience of his poetry.Imagine then his coming to life in the book speaking of the haiku of nature you longed to hear in order to understand the everyday life far deeply Dewdrop joins dewdropTill a petal holds a poolReflecting its rose Richard Wright This book is not to be rushed through Each haiku there are 817 is like a small picture in time, yet timeless in the contemplation of it Richard Wright s heightened observations of the everyday world around him are exquisitely painted in the simple, spare form of haiku A meditative read. This is an excellent collection of haiku I ve never read anything by Wright before, but I enjoy his voice, which is lively and melancholic It s nostalgic and sad but beautiful and evocative I read most of the haiku rather quickly, but some of them made me pause and linger over the beauty of the words, the ingenuity of the alliteration, and the poignancy of the images I wrote a few down that stood out to me the most.The introduction by Wright s daughter is well written and informative She also has a lovely style I wasn t too impressed by the Afterword written by the book s editors, however They wrote about Japanese haiku, the elements necessary to them, and their influence on Western writing Their tone was condescending, and the actual writing was repetitive I did learn about Zen Buddhism s heavy influence on and presence within haiku and why haiku was the most appropriate vehicle for Wright s genius during his last days I recommend this collection to fans of Wright s fiction and nonfiction, to readers who love haiku, and to people who enjoy fleeting images of beauty and loss captured in three lines of verse. This is an amazing book of 800 haiku written by Richard Wright a very fine writer the author of Native Son and Black Boy when ill and exiled in France It floors me how beautifully he writes these small poems He wrote the haiku in this book for the last 18 months of his life I had expected they would be all about the details of sickness but that wasn t true There was such a closeness to nature and animals, and with his life the natural world, the seasons, his feelings, his thoughts Sometimes within the haiku were the questions he had And what he was feeling with what he observed He was coming to terms with his own mortality thru haiku in an expansive way Sometimes his fears dispersed as he wrote Or his loneliness was felt or his sadness His writing talents and wisdom shone bright within the seemingly limited form of haiku.I really appreciated that you could see how his writing haiku during this time got and honest and beautiful.I enjoyed seeing the world through his eyes As I read his haiku daily I found I became settled accepting within myself And my experience of writing haiku changed too It s all of life In the moment Kernels of wisdom at times too This is a book I return to daily now that I ve read it once through It s the beauty in his writing, the way he sees and the images he was created that wow me The essence of things in the moment Leaving you with some examples Spring begins shylyWith one hairpin of green grass In a flower pot Like a spreading fire,Blossoms leap from tree to tree In a blazing spring Coming from the woods,A bull has a lilac sprig Dangling from a horn.Defending themselves,The green leaves beat back the rain,Smashing it to mist There is where I am Summer sunset lonelinessPurple meeting red In the sea scented wind A Prostitute is laughing With moon glinting teeth The creeping shadowOf a gigantic oak tree Jumps over the wall A lone cricket s crySlices a sliver of moon And scatters the stars Crying out the endOf a long summer sun, Departing wild geese.