Sunday, January 17, 2010

Robert Bauer - Three Questions

Robert Bauer lives with his wife, Debra, and three pups along Big Wheeling Creek in rural West Virginia. He works as a carpenter and electrician. Robert's haiku have appeared in numerous online and print journals. He is also co-secretary of The Shiki Monthly Kukai.

1) Why do you write haiku?

Haiku, both reading and writing, keeps me in touch with and forces me to be constantly aware of the world as it is. It's an ephemeral moment placed into word.

2) What other poetic forms do you enjoy?

Haibun, free verse, tanka, haiga and most all classic forms of poetry.

3) Of the many wonderful haiku you've written, what do you consider to be your top three?

chill wind —
the heart of an oak
leaves the chimney

The Heron's Nest Volume VIII, Number 1

pear blossoms . . .
the farmer's wife
selects a chicken

The Heron's Nest Volume VI, Number 6

first snow
the gypsy slips some beans
into her mojo

New Resonance 5 Red Moon Press

Thank you, Curtis. I greatly enjoy reading all the Tobacco Road news.

Take care,


If you've been enjoying this weekly series and have not contributed, please consider sharing your response (whether it be for haiku or tanka) to the three little questions that Robert answered. You must be a published poet to participate.


Unknown said...

ah, the heart of an oak Robert, I still love that poem!

Unknown said...

Fine poems, with a true flavor of place. Thank you for posting.

Unknown said...

Great to see you on Tobacco Road, Robert. As always, I enjoy your poems.

collin barber said...

Yes, Robert, "chill wind" is a classic!

Good to see you here.

Area 17 said...

Hi Robert,

I enjoyed your 3 Questions, and your haiku, especially this one! ;-)

chill wind —
the heart of an oak
leaves the chimney

The Heron's Nest Volume VIII, Number 1

all my best,

With Words

Terri L. French said...

great to see you here, Robert, and finally put a face with a name. The Oak haiku, truly is a classic.

Gillena Cox said...

"pear blossoms . . .
the farmer's wife
selects a chicken"

my favorite of your three; nice to see you featured here too (away from Shiki kukai)

much love...

Area 17 said...

God be with you Dear Robert.

A wonderful haiku from the late Robert Bauer:

cherry blossoms
she tells me her name
in sign language

Robert Bauer
2009 Sakura Award Winner

We regret to inform our readers that Associate Editor Robert Bauer passed away this morning at home in Big Wheeling, West Virginia. Bob was a frequent contributing poet before joining the editorial staff of The Heron's Nest in 2010 as Web Editor. The haiku community will also remember him as co-secretary of the Shiki Monthly Kukai.

A favorite poem by Robert Bauer:

chill wind -
the heart of an oak
leaves the chimney

The Heron's Nest Volume VIII, Number 1

Bob will be mourned and deeply missed by a large and loving family and his many friends, including his friends at The Heron's Nest.

John Stevenson

Greg said...

Very sad news. I'm sure all of our thoughts and prayers will be with Robert's family.

Unknown said...

I will miss your unique voice, Robert.
Ellen Compton

Angèle said...

I am so deeply sad by Robert passing! He will be greatly missed as a fellow poet and haijin and as a great soul! All my prayers and thoughts with his loved one! - Angèle Lux