About Garden Haiku

Garden Haiku Original Release: 2007 1st Edition  

 Editor’s Choice and Reader’s Choice: 2011 Star Edition

Reader’s Review

Successful blend of three elements: Asian philosophy, the haiku form, and parenting advice
29. Moderation The art of parenting is moderation – Too much rain brings the flood, Too much sun dries the land. In Garden Haiku, the author successfully blends three elements: Asian philosophy, the haiku form, and parenting advice. ‘Moderation’ is an example of one of the best pieces in the collection. As the subtitle of the book indicates, there is great wisdom to be found in these poems based on Asian philosophies. The author manages to convey this wisdom in haikus like the above, while also paying care to the demands of language. The repetition of similarly structured lines ‘line 2 and 3 above’ is a wise strategy that works effectively in ‘moderation.’ Within just three lines, and effective and engaging rhythm is established. One of my favorite haikus in the book is ‘Lighthouse,’ which follows in its entirety: 22. Lighthouse A child is a lighthouse, full of love– To get to it, Paddle with patience As with all the poems in the collection, the simple language speaks to everyone without excluding anyone also there is nothing at all offensive in languages or content about these poems — they can be read by a general audience, by children as well as adult. The writing here is always competent, and teh best poems are effective. The author has studied and reworked the haiku form, and she has an interesting voice. Garden Haiku is a uniquely entertaining and originally written book in a distinctive format.
My favorite haiku poet
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781936236367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936236367
  • ASIN: 1936236362
  • Paperback: $10.95  Kindle: $6.15

Garden Haiku: Raising Your Child With Ancient Wisdom
Modern Zen classic will be every caregiver’s poetic manual on the art of parenting

Parents are like gardeners, whose duty is to nurture tender buds into full bloom.
But in today’s frenzied world, parents can use some inspiration with spiritual guidelines for raising happy, respectful and resourceful children. Garden Haiku: Raising Your Child with Ancient Wisdom offers sound parenting advice through the inspiring form of haiku poetry, focusing on the simplicity and wisdom in character-building principles have been extolled since ancient times but tend to get lost today. Award-winning author of “Baby Haiku: 3-Line Poems for New Parents,” Lily Wang revives golden virtues with original poetic lucidity to bring Zen to parenting in this new book. These passages illustrate the parents’ need for patience, a guiding hand, and of love in action:

Patience is to
Have no expectations
But greater acceptance

Children can devil or angel be-
Put your hands on their backs
So they can feel their wings

Within every child is a well-
Fill it with love,
So it will feed them for life

Wang also includes haiku for children, about her children and about nature. Non-parents alike will enjoy these messages with universal themes and principles.

“Highly recommended” – Midwest Book Review
“Just right for parents.” – Kirkus Book Reviews
“Distills magic into 3-line poems celebrating life.” – ForeWord Magazine
“Uniquely lovely book with lessons written in the form of gem-like haiku.” – Amazon Vine Voice
“Delivers sound parenting advice through inspiring haiku poetry” – MetroFamily Magazine

2 Comments on “About Garden Haiku

  1. Hi Lily, I came across your information when I “Googled” “ancient wisdom for children”. I have been a very widely published children’s photographer over the last 10 years. I have been looking for a poet to work with on some new projects for inspiring
    parents and children. Your lines about Within every child is a well” makes me feel we are in the same heart space with regards to children. Would you be willing to explore this idea a bit further through email?
    I’m going to order your book now and look forward to reading it.
    Sincerely, Valerie Tabor Smith

    • Dear Valerie: Thanks so much for your great comment. I am very excited to read every line. I am sorry I have been away from my blog for a month – the 2nd and kindle edition of GARDEN HAIKU just released and they kept me busy. I would love to get connected with you and discuss what we can do for today’s children and parents by bringing them the beauty of nature through poetry and photos.

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