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Stephen Addiss's Haiku

bent to the ground
up against the window
the bamboo glistens

after the concert
sweet and bitter -
winter rain

birthday snow
stepping into holes
left by the postman

coral needles
the honeysuckle trail

old turtle
waving his head -
September rain

scraps of paper
shiver in the thorns -
dawn railroad

shifting shadows -
redbuds shiver
over the wispering stream

the ballet
of her arms
against the pillow

water's edge -
a thousand heron legs
in the bubbles

through the mist
apricot blossom

the fisherman
a fisherman

first lovenote-
abrupt calligraphy
of sparrowflight

the snake
shedding its skin
becomes itself

painting the sounds
of swimming—
ocean sunset

the moon
plays leapfrog
with Pittsburgh

on the old stone wall—
map of the heart

her face
across a room

old pond paved over
into a parking lot
one frog still singing

open-mouth kisses
from the peony
to the breeze

this morning
even the garbage pail


A Haiku Garden: The Four Seasons in Poems and Prints, by Stephen Addiss with Fumiko and Akira Yamamoto; Weatherhill, Inc., 1996. Haiku arranged according to the seasons with lovely print and brushwork illustrations.

A Haiku Menagerie: Living Creatures in Poems and Prints, by Stephen Addiss with Fumiko and Akira Yamamoto, Weatherhill, Inc., 1992. Charming prints and paintings that show the personality and vitality of each creature.

Haiga: Takebe Socho and the Haiku-Painting Tradition, by Stephen Addiss with an essay by Fumiko Y. Yamamoto; Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond in association with University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1995.
Haiku poetry illustrated with brush paintings; the history of the art explained, with examples.

Fukuda Kodôjin (1865-1944). Old Taoist: The Life, Art, and Poetry of Kodojin by Stephen Addiss, Jonathan Chaves, J. Thomas Rimer, Columbia University Press

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