1) Why do you write haiku?
Like many haijin, I can’t not write haiku. A few years ago, wanting to follow the dictum that to be a writer, you must write every day, I decided on blogging a daily haiku. I love Japanese culture, and it seemed like a manageable commitment. Of course, those first 5-7-5 verses were not what we’d consider haiku, but it put me on this path. I am fortunate to have had the support of experienced mentors who welcomed and guided me. Though I do not write a daily haiku any more, the years I did instilled in me the quiet awareness of haiku mind.
2) What other poetic forms do you enjoy?
I am a huge fan of Richard Wilbur’s in general, and specifically his poems that follow the traditional haiku syllabic form. He is such an artful master of any form. I have written poems in various forms, including free-verse, though my focus these days is on haiku. As I have begun experimenting with haibun, I find it another interesting and therapeutic challenge I want to explore more.
3) Of the many wonderful haiku you’ve written, what do you consider to be your top three?
the newborn's fontanel
Frogpond 32.2 • 2009
a skein of wild birds
The Heron's Nest Volume XI, Number 1: March, 2009
Thank you very much for the honor of participating, Curtis, and for this invaluable service you provide the haiku community.
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