Zen Approach to Haiku
of his haiku consist of three lines, No More
Questions, No More Answers, published in 1980, is a small
collection of single line haiku by Eric Amann. Amann has also dabbled
with some visual haiku art. However, most of his visuals have been
a failed attempt to portray anything close to his mastery of the
textual haiku. Eric Amann, like every haiku poet, has done experimentation
with form using various indentations and punctuations.
There is something
truly unique that must be addressed when examining the work of Eric
Amann. Amann has adopted a very developed philosophy of the importance
regarding the connection of Zen in haiku. Haiku "deals entirely
with the here-and-now, with nature, with intuition arising from
immediate sense-experience, with the ordinary sights and sounds
of this world." Within The Wordless Poem
Eric Amann examines the interwoven relationship of Zen and haiku.
With terms such as wordless, suchness, nothing special, season word,
selfless, and oneness Amann describes the characteristics of haiku
as they apply to basic Zen principles. Amanns obsession with
the Zen philosophy has spilled into his haiku work time and again.
editor of two haiku periodicals, Haiku and Cicada, Amann only supported
and selected those haiku with characteristically Zen attributes
for final publication. Throughout his own work Amann portrays a
very Zen selfless approach omitting himself from the haiku and presenting
the reader with incredible imagery to dive into. His unique Zen
approach to haiku has made a significant contribution to the haiku
society of the world.