Reginald Horace Blyth (1898-1964) was a prime mover in the popularization of haiku and Zen philosophy in western culture. Born in England, Blyth spent most of his working life in Japan, where he acted as a professor of English and foreign liaison, and became a great admirer of Japanese poetry. Long considered by haiku enthusiasts an essential resource for English-speaking readers, Blyth's four-volume haiku anthology is a testament to his love and deep understanding of this singular art form. Presenting the best work of Japan's haiku masters alongside his own lucid commentary, Blyth's volumes communicate the true meaning and spirit of haiku in a way rarely accessible to western readers.
Haiku Vol III (Summer and Autumn) continues Blyth's seasonal exploration of haiku. It seems that something about the hot and uncomfortable months of summer in particular brought out the humor and sarcasm of the great haiku poets, making this one of the most enjoyable of Blyth's volumes.