It has been a while since I have recommended a Haiku Anthology so I wanted to bring your attention to this brilliant collection which is published by the Iron Press. I have bought quite a few titles from them by mail order, although this one I got from a bookshop many years ago.
I have covered, in some of my other Haiku Anthology posts, both traditional Japanese humourous Haiku (Haiku Humour: Wit and Folly in Japanese Poems and Paintings) and contemporary American Haiku (The Haiku Year and The Unswept Path) so I thought I would give our wonderful British Haiku poets some air time.
My edition was published in 1998 and features British poets from then, and going back to the 1950's and 60's. The editors, David Cobb and Martin Lucas have been featured a number of times on my Haiku of the Week (see my sidebar), as have many of the other poets inside this book. Most of the prominent British Haiku poets are represented here, over 70, and it was the first major British haiku collection of its type
The format of the book is lovely, with the pages emulating the traditional parchment type of paper of the old Japanese form. The book has a simple aim, 'to present the best work of British haiku poets writing in English and Scots'.
An excellent addition to the library of any Haiku enthusiast, especially those who like the contemporary form. I have re-read this book many times, it has given me lots of pleasure over the years and I highly recommend it.