Among Poppies

"Haiku poems have traditionally shied away from the theme of war, considering it inappropriate. Yet, the war in Iraq has inspired many haiku poets. Some well-known figures have gone so far as to use haiku for anti-war purposes. War reveals with brutal honesty, everything about human nature...Politicizing haiku is unacceptable. However, haiku should be allowed to explore "war" as a legitimate subject matter for the simple reason that it is very much p[art of us"

Susumu Takiguchi
The Yominuri Shimbun, Japan 2003.

Chapbook edited by Terry Ann Carter (2018) and available from the author. Please contact Terry Ann here for further information.