The Healing Spirit of Haiku
Illustrated by Arthur Akamura
Imprint: Resource Publications
188 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.38 in
- Published: April 2014
$24.00 / £20.00 / AU$33.00Buy
Dr. David H. Rosen is a physician, psychiatrist, and Jungian analyst. The vast array of his interests include finding meaning in suffering; spirituality as it relates to healing; dreams; all kinds of creativity, especially visual art and haiku; and practicing what he preaches.
Rosen is the author of eight books, including The Tao of Jung: The Way of Integrity; The Healing Spirit of Haiku with co-author Joel Weishaus; Transforming Depression: Healing the Soul through Creativity (now in its third edition) written after interviewing survivors of jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge, and treating many suicidally depressed patients; Medicine as Human Experience with co-author Dr David Reiser, a classic in the field. Rosen's books have been translated into many languages.
The initial holder of the McMillan Professorship in Analytical Psychology at Texas A&M University, Rosen hosts the Fay Lectures and edits the Fay Books in Analytical (Jungian) Psychology. Though retired, he is Affiliate Professor in Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University.
Joel Weishaus was born in New York. He edited On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing (1971). His translation of the Ch'an Buddhist Oxherding: A Reworking of the Zen Text was published in 1971. He also wrote the Introduction and Notes to Thomas Merton's Woods, Shore, Desert (1983). Weishaus was an Adjunct Curator at the University of New Mexico's Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque, and a Writer-in-Residence at UNM's Center for Southwest Research. His book, The Healing Spirit of Haiku, co-authored with David Rosen and illustrated by Arthur Okamura, was published in 2004, and republished by Wipf and Stock in 2014. Weishaus' Feels Like Home Again: Collected Poems was published in 2014. Weishaus was Visiting Faculty at Portland State University (2003-09) and a Research Fellow at The University of California, Santa Barbara (2011-12). He is presently Artist-in-Residence at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA. Having published over forty book reviews, essays, and critiques, Weishaus is also noted as a Digital Literary Artist.
"I think a book should be intelligent, well-crafted, and beautiful. A book is not a message to grasp but an object to love. I love this new book of haiku and images and will be happy to be in its presence, touch it, and feast on it for many years. It is a perfect example of John Keats' idea of soul-making: transforming the everyday into beautiful and probing reflection. It is what Wallace Stevens called 'a mirror with a voice.'"
-- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul
"This deeply human dialogue of haiku and commentary follows in the footsteps of Issa and Buson. Rosen and Weishaus express their psychological wisdom with lightness, humor, and a uniquely personal touch. A treasure!"
-- Claire Douglas, author of Translate this Darkness and The Woman in the Mirror
"An altogether pleasurable book indeed!"
--Robert Creeley, author of Life and Death
"This book of texts and encounters, of poetic moments and prose commentaries, of interpersonal responses, has the feeling of a work that is both very ancient and utterly contemporary. It enacts what it's about--a spiritual journey, a creative healing."
--Edward Hirsch, author of Lay Back the Darkness and Wild Gratitude
"To have one's soul evoked by reading, that in itself can be a scared act. To me, since forever, el libro es sancta: a book is blessed--for inside, there can be water glistening to moisten the parched throat, and a thunder of wings that can carry us to a homeplace where exists essential remembrance of 'what truly matters.' Haiku, to me, is the quintessential story form, one that like a twilight is meant to be walked through with care, so as to see and feel the clarity of things that cannot be seen from a dusky afar. This work you hold in your hands offers that twilight walk, and more."
--Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., author of Women Who Run with the Wolves and The Gift of Story