Three Simple Lines




Natalie Goldberg

New World Library

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156 pages

A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku

  • One of the world’s foremost writing teachers invites readers on a joyful journey into the reading and origins of haiku
  • A powerful blend of travel memoir and literary exploration of the great Japanese haiku writers
  • The author’s classic book on writing and waking up, Writing Down the Bones, has sold close to two million copies and has been translated into 14 languages
  • Will appeal to Goldberg’s many loyal readers as well as anyone with an interest in spirituality, meditation, Buddhism, or Japan
  • Goldberg regularly teaches workshops, both in person and online, that draw students from around the world

    A haiku is three simple lines. But it is also, as Allen Ginsberg put it, three lines that “make the mind leap.” A good one, he said, lets the mind experience “a small sensation of space which is nothing less than God.” As many spiritual practices seek to do, the haiku’s spare yet acute noticing of the immediate and often ordinary grounds the reader in the pure awareness of now. Natalie Goldberg is a de- lightfully companionable tour guide into this world. She highlights the history of the form, dating back to the seventeenth century; shows why masters such as Basho and Issa are so revered; discovers Chiyo-ni, an important woman haiku master; and provides insight into writing and reading haiku. A fellow seeker who travels to Japan to explore the birthplace of haiku, Goldberg revels in everything she encounters, including food and family, painting and fashion, frogs and ponds. She also experiences and allows readers to share in the spontaneous and profound moments of enlightenment and awakening that haiku promises.

Natalie Goldberg

NATALIE GOLDBERG, a beloved and bestselling writing mentor, also is a poet, memoirist, painter, essayist, and novelist. She has appeared often on major media such as Oprah and National Public Radio. She lives in northern New Mexico.
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