Favor of Crows: New and Collected Haiku by Gerald VizenorFavor of Crows: New and Collected Haiku by Gerald Vizenor

Favor of Crows: New and Collected Haiku

byGerald Vizenor

Paperback | April 14, 2015

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Favor of Crows is a collection of new and previously published original haiku poems over the past forty years. Gerald Vizenor has earned a wide and devoted audience for his poetry. In the introductory essay the author compares the imagistic poise of haiku with the early dream songs of the Anishinaabe, or Chippewa. Vizenor concentrates on these two artistic traditions, and by intuition he creates a union of vision, perception, and natural motion in concise poems; he creates a sense of presence and at the same time a naturalistic trace of impermanence.

The haiku scenes in Favor of Crows are presented in chapters of the four seasons, the natural metaphors of human experience in the tradition of haiku in Japan. Vizenor honors the traditional practice and clever tease of haiku, and conveys his appreciation of Matsuo Basho and Yosa Buson in these two haiku scenes, “calm in the storm / master basho soaks his feet /water striders,” and “cold rain / field mice rattle the dishes / buson’s koto.”

Vizenor is inspired by the sway of concise poetic images, natural motion, and by the transient nature of the seasons in native dream songs and haiku. “The heart of haiku is a tease of nature, a concise, intuitive, and an original moment of perception,” he declares in the introduction to Favor of Crows. “Haiku is visionary, a timely meditation and an ironic manner of creation. That sense of natural motion in a haiku scene is a wonder, the catch of impermanence in the seasons.” Check for the online reader’s companion at favorofcrows.site.wesleyan.edu.
GERALD VIZENOR is a prolific writer and literary critic. He is a citizen of the White Earth Nation of the Anishinaabeg in Minnesota, and Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Title:Favor of Crows: New and Collected HaikuFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.58 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0819575828

ISBN - 13:9780819575821

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Table of Contents

Haiku Scenes: An Introduction
Spring Scenes
Summer Scenes
Autumn Scenes
Winter Scenes

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Favor of Crows is a collection of new and previously published original haiku poems over the past forty years. Gerald Vizenor has earned a wide and devoted audience for his poetry. In the introductory essay the author compares the imagistic poise of haiku with the early dream songs of the Anishinaabe, or Chippewa. Vizenor concentrates on these two artistic traditions, and by intuition he creates a union of vision, perception, and natural motion in concise poems; he creates a sense of presence and at the same time a naturalistic trace of impermanence. The haiku scenes in Favor of Crows are presented in chapters of the four seasons, the natural metaphors of human experience in the tradition of haiku in Japan. Vizenor honors the traditional practice and clever tease of haiku, and conveys his appreciation of Matsuo Basho and Yosa Buson in these two haiku scenes, “calm in the storm / master basho soaks his feet /water striders,” and “cold rain / field mice rattle the dishes / buson’s koto.”Vizenor is inspired by the sway of concise poetic images, natural motion, and by the transient nature of the seasons in native dream songs and haiku. “The heart of haiku is a tease of nature, a concise, intuitive, and an original moment of perception,” he declares in the introduction to Favor of Crows. “Haiku is visionary, a timely meditation and an ironic manner of creation. That sense of natural motion in a haiku scene is a wonder, the catch of impermanence in the seasons.” Check for the online reader’s companion at favorofcrows.site.wesleyan.edu.“Gerald Vizenor has assembled a lifetime’s devotion to the spiritual and poetic value of the haiku tradition in this graceful and memorable collection. His introduction helps set the stage for the four sections, organized by season, in which readers may wander and admire at will, finding moments to cherish (and return to) on every page. How grateful this should make any reader who is interested, not only in the specific Japanese tradition, but in the insight and enlightenment that poetry at its best can offer us.” - David Young, author of Field of Light and Shadow: Selected and New Poems and Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times: Selected Haiku of Basho