Haiku Guy cover Laughing Buddha cover Haiku Wars cover Frog Poet cover Dewdrop World cover

These books by me (David G. Lanoue) form a quintet of "haiku novels": five connected stories written in haiku-peppered prose about "mad, moonstruck poets" in Old Japan and modern New Orleans. You can start anywhere, but I would recommend reading them in their order of publication.

Haiku GuyLaughing BuddhaHaiku WarsFrog PoetDewdrop World

Since the last book is in many ways a prequel for the first book, the quintet forms a sort of circle. Round and round it goes!

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Read more about Haiku Guy, Laughing Buddha, Haiku Wars, Frog Poet, and Dewdrop World. Also read my definition of a haiku novel and Robin Hood Black's review of Haiku Guy.

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translations and criticism

Issa and the Meaning of Animals cover Cup of Tea Poems cover Pure Land Haiku cover Distant Mountain cover Hoa Lu thi tap cover Thi van yen tu cover Fireflies in My Hands cover

Issa's Best

Issa's Best cover-Print Version
  • Issa's Best: A Translator's Selection of Master Haiku is a guided tour through the work of Japanese haiku master Kobayashi Issa, gathering together in one text 1,210 of his most effective and evocative verses. This e-book is available for Kindle and Nook.
  • Or... You can order a paperback version of this book from Amazon.com (220 pages; $9.99).


The Haiku of Kobayashi Issa
website is by far my most ambitious work of translation: a searchable archive of ten thousand haiku by Issa with commentary.

haiku novels go global

Haiku Guy in French cover Haiku Guy in Spanish cover Haiku Guy in Japanese cover Haiku Guy in German cover Haiku Guy in Bulgarian cover Haiku Guy in Serbian cover Laughing Buddha in Bulgarian cover Haiku Wars in Bulgarian cover Frog Poet in Bulgarian cover Dewdrop World in Bulgarian cover Nowever in Bulgarian cover Laughing Buddha in German cover Laughing Buddha in Spanish cover

Some of my novels have been translated to languages other than English. Haiku Guy is available in French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Bulgarian and Serbian (search author index for "Lanu"). Other books that live in Bulgarian include Laughing Buddha, Haiku Wars, Frog Poet, and Dewdrop World. Oddly, my "haiku novel" that is closest to a memoir, Nowever, has been published in Bulgarian, not (yet) in English. A German translation of Laughing Buddha is also in print. There is also a Spanish version of Laughing Buddha.

Imaginary Album When I'm not translating Issa or writing, I like to unwind by making music. Enjoy my very amateur, homemade songs on YouTube.

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