1) On haiku
New Directions paperbook ; 1426
New Directions Publishing Corporation
"Who doesn't love haiku? It is not only America's most popular cultural import from Japan but also our most popular poetic form: instantly recognizable, more mobile than a sonnet, and loved for its simplicity and compression, as well as for its ease of composition. Haiku is an ancient literary form seemingly made for the Twittersphere--Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes wrote them, Ezra Pound and the Imagists were inspired by them, first-grade students...
A novel on a strike at a silk plant in 1950s Japan, illustrating the true face of the much-touted Japanese paternalism. The company operated a network of spies and anyone falling ill was fired. The strike led to better working conditions throughout Japan.