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108 Breaths

116 pages40 minutes


"A haiku is but one breath. It is the kodak moment of modern poetry and it proves all Picasso needed to write a picture was 17 syllables."

In 2004, Mark Wollacott moved to Japan and discovered this perfect poetic form. One day, seven years later, he was digging around the old boxes under his bad, the ones he'd brought back from Japan with him, and he re-discovered a dusty notebook crammed full of haiku. A few hours later and after digging through the other boxes he'd found hundreds more.

108 Breaths represents the best haiku of his time in Japan. They chronicle the ups and the downs, the oddities and the small moments that make life worthwhile. His first month alone saw six typhoons and three earthquakes. Every night when he went to bed, he received a dozen mosquito bites and he formed a long alliance against the tatami ants with a gecko named Hiro.

108 Breaths contains 108 haiku, haikai and senryu, plus four haibun and a short story. Readers will also find a foreword by Brighton's finest Kiersty Boon, a mini essay on haiku and copious notes about life in Japan. This book is a must for all poetry and Japan fans alike.

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