Author(s): Jonathan Clements
'Without a brush The willow paints the wind.' In a few words, haiku goes beneath surface appearance to grasp the heart of an experience. Each word is chosen to unlock a world of memories and associations. Haiku, like Zen, is an intensely personal experience. Jonathan Clements has selected the best of three centuries of haiku, including the work of classic poets such as Basho, Buson and Chiyo-Ni and rendered into English the elusive spiritual quality of the poems. Illustrated with carefully selected images from Japanese prints and paintings.
JONATHAN CLEMENTS studied at the universities of Leeds, Cheng Chi, Kansai and Stirling. He speaks Chinese and Japanese, and was dubbed 'the medium's most sought after translator' by The Sunday Times for his work in Japanese animation. His previous books include The Little Book of Chinese Proverbs (Siena) and translations of Takeshi Maekawa's Journey to Mount Shen, Victory for the Spirit and Leap of Faith (Bloomsbury). He has worked as an oriental linguist and writer for the BBC, The Financial Times and The Guardian. Jonathan Clements lives in London, E11.