The Routledge Global Haiku Reader provides a historical overview and comprehensive examination of haiku across the world in numerous languages, poetic movements, and cultural contexts. Offering an extensive critical perspective, this volume provides leading essays by poets and scholars who explore haiku’s various global developments, demonstrating the form’s complex and sometimes contradictory manifestations from the twentieth century to the present.

The sixteen chapters are carefully organized into categories that reflect the salient areas of practice and study: Haiku in Transit, Haiku and Social Consciousness, Haiku and Experimentation, and The Future of Global Haiku. An insightful introduction surveys haiku’s influence beyond Japan and frames the collection historically and culturally, questioning commonly held assumptions about haiku and laying the groundwork for new ways of seeing the form. Haiku’s elusiveness, its resistance to definition, is partly what keeps it so relevant today, and this book traces the many ways in which this global verse form has evolved.

The Routledge Global Haiku Reader ushers haiku into the twenty-first century in a critically minded and historically informed manner for a new generation of readers and writers and will appeal to students and researchers in Asian studies, literary studies, comparative literature, creative writing, and cultural studies

part |12 pages


chapter |10 pages


ByJames Shea

part I|41 pages

Haiku in Transit

chapter 1|14 pages

Beyond the Haiku Moment

Bashō, Buson, and Modern Haiku Myths
ByHaruo Shirane

chapter 2|10 pages

Hearn, Bickerton, Hubbell

Translation and Definition
ByHiroaki Sato

chapter 3|15 pages

Reading an Evening Breeze

Buson's Hokku in Translation
ByJames Shea

part II|69 pages

Haiku and Social Consciousness

chapter 4|17 pages

A Second-Class Art: On Contemporary Haiku

ByTakeo Kuwabara

chapter 5|20 pages

From the 2.26 Incident to the Atomic Bombs

Haiku During the Asia-Pacific War
ByHiroaki Sato

chapter 6|19 pages

New Rising Haiku

The Evolution of Modern Japanese Haiku and the Haiku Persecution Incident
ByYūki Itō

chapter 7|11 pages

Translations and Migrations of the Poetic Diary

Roy Kiyooka's Wheels
ByJudith Halebsky

part III|100 pages

Haiku and Experimentation

chapter 8|21 pages

Ezra Pound, Yone Noguchi, and Imagism

ByYoshinobu Hakutani

chapter 9|26 pages

Haiku as a Western Genre

Fellow-Traveler of Modernism
ByJan Walsh Hokenson

chapter 10|23 pages

Marking Time in Native America

Haiku, Elegy, Survival
ByKaren Jackson Ford

chapter 11|28 pages

The Disjunctive Dragonfly

A Study of Disjunctive Method and Definitions in Contemporary English-Language Haiku 1
ByRichard Gilbert

part IV|102 pages

The Future of Global Haiku

chapter 12|15 pages

Non-Japanese Haiku Today

ByGrant Caldwell

chapter 13|45 pages

One Hundred Bridges, One Hundred Traditions in Haiku

ByCharles Trumbull

chapter 14|17 pages

In the Shade of the Cherry Blossoms

The Reception of Haiku in Post-Soviet Russia 1
ByCécile Rousselet

chapter 15|18 pages

From Haiku to the Short Poem

Bridging the Divide
ByPhilip Rowland

chapter 16|5 pages

Future of World Haiku

ByBan'ya Natsuishi

part V|7 pages


chapter |5 pages


ByAnita Patterson