These books by me (David G. Lanoue) form a quintet of "haiku novels": five connected stories written in haiku-peppered prose about "mad, moonstruck poets" in Old Japan and modern New Orleans. You can start anywhere, but I would recommend reading them in their order of publication.
Haiku Guy → Laughing Buddha → Haiku Wars → Frog Poet → Dewdrop World
Since the last book is in many ways a prequel for the first book, the quintet forms a sort of circle. Round and round it goes!
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Read more about Haiku Guy, Laughing Buddha, Haiku Wars, Frog Poet, and Dewdrop World—and my definition of a haiku novel, and Robin Hood Black's review of Haiku Guy.
The Haiku of Kobayashi Issa website is by far my most ambitious work of translation: a searchable archive of ten thousand haiku by Issa with commentary.
Some of my novels have been translated to languages other than English. Haiku Guy is available in French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Bulgarian and Serbian. Other books that live in Bulgarian include Laughing Buddha, Haiku Wars and Frog Poet. Oddly, my "haiku novel" that is closest to a memoir, Nowever, has been published in Bulgarian, not (yet) in English. A German translation of Laughing Buddha is also in print.
Imaginary Album When I'm not translating Issa or writing, I like to unwind by making music. Enjoy my very amateur, homemade songs on YouTube.about me