Haiku by Richard Wright
This Other World

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A dazzling collection of 810 haiku, the rigorous 17-syllable Japanese poem, by the famed author of "Native Son" and "Black Boy".

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Richard Wright was born in rural Mississippi in 1908 and died in Paris in 1960. His Native Son, published in 1940, established him as one of America's major literary voices. His other books include The Outsider, Black Boy, Black Power,and White Man, Listen! Yoshinobu Hakutani is professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at Kent State University. He is the author or editor of many books, including "Cross-Cultural Visions in African American Modernism, Theodore Dreiser's Uncollected Magazine Articles, Theodore Dreiser and American Culture, Selected Magazine Articles of Theodore Dreiser, "and "Young Dreiser. Robert L. Tener of Rootstown, Ohio, is a retired professor of English at Kent State University, and the author of five other books of poetry. Tener was a founding director of the Wick Poetry Program at Kent State University. His new book Depression Days on an Appalachian Farm is his largest collection at 80 pages.
Published September 30, 1998 by Arcade Publishing. 320 pages
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Author of 20th-century classics Native Son and Black Boy, Wright, while exiled in France, wrote over 4000 haiku in the 18 months before his death in 1960. Based on a manuscript at Yale's Beineke libra

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Wright can play rewardingly with consonance: ""A soft wing at dawn/ Lifts one dry leaf and lays it/ Upon another."" He can also, simply, observe: ""Only where sunlight/ Spots the tablecloth with gold/ Do the flies cluster."" Wright's tableaux encompass fields and forests, country villages and ""w...

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HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a new weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form.

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The tools are not necessarily what the youth is wont to wield, but more what he wants to wield – guns, grenades, turntables – or what kids in Bill’s day wielded – cassette mixtapes, film cameras – the whole mélange creating a fabric of creative/destructive boisterousness reeking of television and...

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Richard Wright, author of Black Boy and Native Son, was living in exile in Paris and facing death when he began to write haiku.

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