Favor of Crows: New and Collected Haiku (Wesleyan Poetry) (Paperback)

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A collection of original haiku from a preeminent Native American poet and novelist

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.

About the Author


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780819575821
ISBN-10: 0819575828
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: April 14th, 2015
Pages: 168
Language: English
Series: Wesleyan Poetry