Naomi Beth Wakan is the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, and the Inaugural Honorary Ambassador for the Federation of British Columbia Writers. She has published over fifty books, including the American Library Association selection, Haiku - one breath poetry (Heian International). Her latest titles are The Way of Tanka and Poetry That Heals, both from Shanti Arts. Wakan is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada, and Tanka Canada. She lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, with her husband, the sculptor, Elias Wakan.
It is now 35 years since another Canadian, Sister Joan Giroux,
wrote one of the first books of this kind -- The Haiku
Form. Hers was the book -- now sadly out of print -- that put
me on the right (meandering) road to writing haiku. If I were
starting now, I would be glad to find Wakan's book in my hands.
Like Guiroux's primer, it deals infectiously with both the spirit
and the form.
-- David Cobb: Past President of the British Haiku SocietyIn The Way of Haiku, Naomi Beth Wakan parallels the fundamentals of the genre from both the western and eastern perspectives, reaching deeply into how haiku has adapted to change while continuing to hold its original essence throughout hundreds of years and many cultures. Having lived in Japan and studied Japanese literature, Wakan is well-versed in the differences and similarities between Japanese and English-language haiku.
-- Alice Frampton, Emeritus Associate Editor, The Heron's Nest