Project Description

The Way of Silence:
The Prose and Poetry of Basho

Edited by Richard Lewis
Photographs by Helen Buttfield
Dial Press, 1970

In this book, Basho, one of Japan’s most insightful 17th century poets, relates both through his haiku and prose the thoughts and emotions of his solitary pilgrimages that led him to an inspired state in which man and nature are one. Evocative photographs complement Basho’s profound and enduring vision.

111 pages • hardbound • $10.00 • Order Form


The smooth texture of the paper and even the square shape of the book contribute to the sense of serenity, of  “rightness”. . . .this is a book “ to grow on” and it should be accessible in home, school, and library. It will be cherished by older children and especially by adults.

Staff Review, The George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books


The photographs by Helen Buttfield with their delicacy and sensitivity capture the essence of haiku and fragmentary impressions that makes this book timeless in its appeal.

Hannah Kahn, Poetry Editor, Miami Herald


Visually expressing the sensitivity of Basho’s quest, numerous black and white photographs create a synthesis of feeling and thoughts that will hold readers of all ages spellbound.

Tallahassee Democrat


…this collection of Basho, the Japanese poet who made the haiku a serious literary form, has opened my eyes.  The photographs have all the poignancy of poems. Altogether, “The Way of Silence” is a beautiful and rewarding book.

Vassar Miller, The Houston Post