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Three Simple Lines

A Writer's Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
January, 2021
ISBN:
9781608686971
Quantity: 
6
$33.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

One of the worlds foremost writing teachers invites readers on a joyful journey into the reading and origins of haiku.

A haiku is three simple lines. But it is also, as Allen Ginsberg put it, three lines that "make the mind leap." A good one, he said, lets the mind experience "a small sensation of space which is nothing less than God." As many spiritual practices seek to do, the haiku's spare yet acute noticing of the immediate and often ordinary grounds the reader in the pure awareness of now.

A cold rain starting

and no hat—

so?

      —Basho


Natalie Goldberg is a delightfully companionable tour guide into this world. She highlights the history of the form, dating back to the seventeenth century; shows why masters such as Basho and Issa are so revered; discovers Chiyo-ni, an important woman haiku master; and provides insight into writing and reading haiku. A fellow seeker who travels to Japan to explore the birthplace of haiku, Goldberg revels in everything she encounters, including food and family, painting and fashion, frogs and ponds. She also experiences and allows readers to share in the spontaneous and profound moments of enlightenment and awakening that haiku promises.

Filled with the best haiku translations Three Simple Lines is also springkled with stories of Goldberg's travels and dedication to Zen teachers she has encountered, always with a nod to her original Zen master, Katagiri Roshi.

With white plum blossoms

these nights to the faint light of dawn

are turning.

     —Buson's final death poem

Haiku is a secret love of many. This nimbler book is a soothing balm and a surprise for people you'd never think had the inclination. Reading and writing haiku in this hard time is both a solace and redemption from our pain and suffering.

Having taught writing for over 40 years, Natalie Goldberg's books include Writing Down the Bones and The True Secret of Writing, among others.

Publisher’s Description: 

One of the worlds foremost writing teachers invites readers on a joyful journey into the reading and origins of haiku.

A haiku is three simple lines. But it is also, as Allen Ginsberg put it, three lines that "make the mind leap." A good one, he said, lets the mind experience "a small sensation of space which is nothing less than God." As many spiritual practices seek to do, the haiku's spare yet acute noticing of the immediate and often ordinary grounds the reader in the pure awareness of now.

A cold rain starting

and no hat—

so?

      —Basho


Natalie Goldberg is a delightfully companionable tour guide into this world. She highlights the history of the form, dating back to the seventeenth century; shows why masters such as Basho and Issa are so revered; discovers Chiyo-ni, an important woman haiku master; and provides insight into writing and reading haiku. A fellow seeker who travels to Japan to explore the birthplace of haiku, Goldberg revels in everything she encounters, including food and family, painting and fashion, frogs and ponds. She also experiences and allows readers to share in the spontaneous and profound moments of enlightenment and awakening that haiku promises.

Filled with the best haiku translations Three Simple Lines is also springkled with stories of Goldberg's travels and dedication to Zen teachers she has encountered, always with a nod to her original Zen master, Katagiri Roshi.

With white plum blossoms

these nights to the faint light of dawn

are turning.

     —Buson's final death poem

Haiku is a secret love of many. This nimbler book is a soothing balm and a surprise for people you'd never think had the inclination. Reading and writing haiku in this hard time is both a solace and redemption from our pain and suffering.

Having taught writing for over 40 years, Natalie Goldberg's books include Writing Down the Bones and The True Secret of Writing, among others.

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