Awards and Other Honors: Third Place, Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2008); Third Place, Moonset Haiku Contest (2009); Second Place, Moonset Haiku Contest (2010).
Books Published: Real Gifts [essays and stories] (Suite 101, 2002); A Southern Line [poetry] (Suite 101, 2003).
Web site: http://www.haikucrossings.blogspot.com
1) Why do you write haiku?
Mainly because of you, Curtis. You read the haibun I had published on my website with its poorly written haiku and for some reason liked it. It took practically another two years, but I wrote back, and you sent me a copy of the anthology in which you appeared (New Resonance V by Red Moon Press). We struck up a friendship by e-mail and post.
I consider haiku and related forms a gift to me . After intense study of haiku, trying to make up for lost time since I am over 60 years, I sent a few fledgling attempts off for publication (I believe you suffered with me with the early rejections.)
Anyway, I now own about thirty or forty collections or anthologies and write haiku for many reasons. I admire their intensity and brevity, along with other reasons. I am sorry to be so long-winded, but this quote from Thomas Moore says much of what I feel about haiku:
". . .We can grasp the soul more directly through the senses than by means of the mind. . ."
2) What other poetic forms do you enjoy?
I read and write some free verse, though I have written traditional forms also. I am partial to haiga and haibun. Tanka seems to be a problem for me; I keep on trying but feel like none of it is very successful or publishable. I continue to write and publish haibun--mostly with Contemporary Haibun Online.
3) Of the many wonderful haiku you've written. what do you consider to be your top three? (Please provide original publication credits.)
I suppose the top three keep on changing. Here they are:
hyphen between dates
my father's life
Frogpond - Spring/Summer 2009
eggs still warm
from the nest
Mayfly - Summer, 2010
I wear my mother's smile
looking for a vase
Kusamakura Competition - 2008
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