[Photo of Thomas Heffernan and Roberta Beary by Curtis Dunlap]
1) Why do you write haiku?
To put into words traces of things I wonder at… to present what otherwise would be past.
2) What other poetic forms do you enjoy?
Tanka. Ghazals. Sonnets: some are available on the Ploughshares website; others, here and there in my books.
3) Of the many wonderful haiku you’ve written, what do you consider to be your top three?
Some haiku of mine, not necessarily favorites or even representative.
Such a being as this recalls the name of our Okinawan haiku magazine:
a one-legged plover
standing in the empty lot...
Mainichi Daily News, “Haiku Column,” March 9, 1991
the midnight tomcat
International Herald Tribune/Asahi, July 24, 2002
reflecting the other side
of the street
Frogpond, Spring/Summer, 2007
now and then
night air moves
the reed curtain
Included in a haibun in Christmas Gifts in South Japan. Laurinburg, NC: St Andrews Press, 2003, 43.
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 Tom answered. You must be a published poet to participate.
I've been a student of haiku for around seven years now but still consider myself one with moderate skills. The grace of these haiku move me deeply. He's so very good.
crosses the page...stops
a mockingbird sings
It's such a pleasure to "meet" you after finding your haiku. I particularly like "even after"...there's a certain spirit to it that gifts me. Thank you.
such terrific achievements! another great interview curtis :)
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