These previously undiscovered classics by the haiku masters were first published in the Western world by the British haiku journal Presence, in issue #7, July 1998, page 8. They were discovered in June of 1996 by Michael Dylan Welch after a long evening of doing absolutely nothing. + +

Bashō: drainage ditch—

the sound of my kazoo

falling in

Buson: evening wind—

water laps the side

of my tin kazoo

Issa: hey, dragonfly

that’s my kazoo

you’re resting on

Shiki: summer river—

beside the bridge, the kazoo player

wades through water