Episode 4: History of American Haiku Part I, Roots

Episode 4: History of American Haiku, Roots (photo of Ezra Pound an his poem, "In a Station of the Metro").

Cor van den Heuvel joins hosts Donna Beaver and Alan Pizzarelli to discuss the history of American haiku in Part I of this three-part series. Part I discusses the influences of Japanese poetry and art on the early imagist poets, including poet, Ezra Pound.

Featured poems:

evening breeze,
water laps against
the heron’s legs
— Yosa Buson
O fan of white silk,
              clear as frost on the grass-blade,
You also are laid aside.

— Ezra Pound


Feature Poem, 'Fan-Piece for Her Imperial Lord" by Ezra Pound, this work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

Photograph of imagist poet, Ezra Pound, Kensington, London 1913,
photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn. 

Banner and background landscape, "Roots" photograph by Tim Green