THE HAIKU 100: THE HISTORICAL COLLECTION, Published by Iron Press (tel: 0191-253 1901; £5. Softback.

A TRADITIONAL form of Japanese poetry which consists of three short lines with the first and third having a matching number of syllables, the haiku first came into being in its modern form in 17th century Japan. This small book, containing 100 English language three-line haiku poems, was first published in 1992 and through six reprints sold more than 10,000 copies.

To give non-Haiku readers a flavour of these poems, here is one example, by Tom Earley:

The star that wanders

Out of its constellation

Is an aeroplane.