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Haiku: This Other World (edition 1998)

by Richard Wright

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Title:Haiku: This Other World
Authors:Richard Wright
Info:Arcade Publishing (1998), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 320 pages
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I read the Laughing Boy which is a one line poem:
In the falling snow
A laughing boy holds out his palms
Until they are white.
I thought this was different but also in a way felt it was unfinished but then thought again," you can actually use this to harness the childrens writing or reading skills by telling them to make additions to this poem and so I started to appreciate this poem!
  ogechukwu | Nov 12, 2012 |
In the falling snow
A laughing boy holds out his palms
Until they are white.

This poem, as with all of Wright's haikus, demonstrates how only a few words can describe a rich and developed scene. I think that this poem would be a great jumping off point for students to write their own Haikus using the 5-7-5 syllable form. Some of the other haikus contained in this book are not necessarily for the K-1 age group, but I think this poem can really connect with students and help them understand how beautiful a scene they imagine on their own can be. ( )
  brandonachey | Sep 22, 2012 |
These haikus were written at the end of Wright's life and is wrought with misery and despair. Full of loneliness and trepidation, the haikus although depressing are breathtakingly beautiful. Wright seizes the poetic form and fills each word with uncertainty and contrast. I loved this compilation.

This winding dirt path
End in a tangle of thorns
In the autumn mist.

That road is empty,
The one leading into hills
In autumn twilight. ( )
  teewillis1981 | Nov 16, 2008 |
Reviewed in Blithe Spirit 10/2 Jun 2000
  bhslibrary | Apr 15, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385720246, Paperback)

"As good a haiku poet as this country has ever produced."--Seattle Weekly

Like 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 literature.

Wright became enamored 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:56:53 -0400)

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Dazzling collection of 810 Haiku written by the late African-American author of Native Son holds true to the traditional Zen discipline of depicting the relationship between man and nature, but does so from the perspective of an African-American man.

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