Kobayashi Issa is considered one of the greatest haiku poets of Japan, known for his attention to detail and his playful sense of humour. Issa’s unfortunate life has made him an enduring figure, having spent his life obsessed with loss after being exiled from his home and spending much of his adult life homeless and impoverished. Despite this his poems reveal an abiding love for suffering humanity and a devoutly Buddhist spiritual compassion for all life. The Spring of My Life is his most beloved autobiographical work following the classic style of Basho’s linked prose and haiku. This Shambhala Pocket Library edition features a fantastic translation and introduction by Sam Hamill and is a gem to include in your classics collection.
224pp, 171 x 108 mm, Paperback, 2019