Haiku poet Cor van den Heuvel, co-editor of Baseball Haiku will be joined by other contributing poets to the collection for the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle program.
As van den Heuvel writes in the introduction, "Haiku and baseball were made for each other: While haiku give us moments in which nature is linked to human nature, baseball is played in the midst of the natural elements -- on the field under an open sky; and as haiku happen in a timeless now, so does baseball, for there is no clock ticking in a baseball game -- the game's not over until the last out."
This collection, which includes poems from both America and Japan, captures perfectly the thrill of baseball -- a double play, a game of catch, or the hushed pause as a pitcher looks in before hurling his pitch.
Featuring the work of Jack Kerouac, who penned the first American baseball haiku, and Alan Pizzarelli, a major American haiku poet, the collection also includes Masaoka Shiki, one of the four great pillars of Japanese haiku, who was instrumental in popularizing baseball in Japan during the 1890s- Chautauqua Institution
Ed Markowski is a haiku poet whose work has appeared in The Birmingham Poetry Review, Blind Man's Rainbow, Bear Creek Haiku, Bottle Rockets, Brevities, The Elysian Fields Baseball Quarterly, Fan Magazine, Heron's Nest, MayFly, Modern Haiku, Nerve Cowboy, The Parnassus Literary Journal, Raw Nervz Haiku, The River Rouge Examiner, Sho Magazine, Short Stuff, Slow Trains, and Snapshots.
Pizzarelli has published 12 collections of his haiku and senryu including The Flea Circus, City Beat, which won the Merit Book Award's first place in 1992, Senryu Magazine, The Windswept Corner.
His work has been widely anthologized in many major publications, including in each of the three editions of The Haiku Anthology, edited by Cor van den Heuvel (1974, 1986, 1999), the third edition including 43 of his haiku and senryu.
Cor van den Heuvel
Cor Van Den Heuvel is an American Haiku poet, editor, commentator and archivist. He has published at least 12 books of his own haiku, including one on baseball.
American poet Cor van den Heuvel, describing baseball's history in Japan, explains why he believes baseball is a natural subject for the haiku genre. To prove his point, he reads a few haikus about empty playing fields and childhood sports dreams.