1) Why do you write haiku?
Haiku has become the hiking song melody of my life. It helps me watch the world and it carries my mindfulness. Haiku gives me pencil, paper and words to notice my here and now. It enables me to deal with my past and to be curious about the future. In rare moments my haiku are more than I am; it allows other people to get to know me a bit. Of course, I don’t see and can’t find my way most of the day. But I am not afraid: I hope to be a whistling haiku pupil for the rest of my life.
2) What other poetic forms do you enjoy?
I like to read all kind of lyrical poems. A good poem makes me dream - and sometimes leads me into nightmares. It shows me a world – and examines my inside. Aside from haiku I love haibun. Its prose technique and haiku spirit open a story, a thought, a feeling, so much more to readers.
3) Of the many wonderful haiku you've written, what do you consider to be your top three?
Wonderful? Many? A very few times a wonder has found its way into my words and shines into a reader’s mind. My primary merit was not to disturb …
the sound of a fast car
Mainichi Daily, 1/6/2010
Snowflake in my hand
if I was dead
it would stay
cherry tree park
on the front page
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational 2011
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