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Higginson: lasting legacy

Curtis Dunlap related the news. Sadly veteran haiku poet Bill Higginson passed on. f/k/a has a tribute to Higginson. Words can be left in memory there, and another space at the Australian Haiku Society.

Higginson was in Ottawa for the 2007 Haiku Canada Conference. Higginson did a photo essay of the weekend. When I met him he had the warm composed air of a gentleman scholar.

Bill Higginson’s resources on season words, renka and technique include the book The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, which was called by Booklist “the standard work in the field”. He and his wife Penny Harter wrote about haiku to spread the beauty, advocate for literature while they did small press publishing and promoting the clear path.

Over his over 30 years in field he’s written or edited more than 20 other books of poems and other literary works. How can we calculate how many hundreds or thousands of people he influenced to gain greater understanding of the nature of haiku.

The prompt at One Simple Impression this week is Never Ending. May his impact continue to spread.

no buds this spring –
cherry tree, frost-killed
O2 made, stays.

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6 Responses

  1. OSI Haiku

    Ah, the brutal effects of pollution make their way into the nature of haiku, too. I suppose they most. This is sad and though-provoking.

    AnonymousOctober 19, 2008 @ 4:09 pm
  2. Dear Pearl–
    …and I love that, global changes or not, the 02 remains…and will be used in another concoction that nature will come up with. Because She’s like that.

    Thanks for the tribute to Bill Higginson. I’m new to writing Haiku, but have loved the classical Japanese form for a long time. I will check out the sites you offered.

    Thanks again–lovely haiku!

    AnonymousOctober 19, 2008 @ 4:24 pm
  3. OSI-Neverending

    Very Thought Provoking

    AnonymousOctober 20, 2008 @ 6:14 am
  4. Poetry never really fades away.

  5. Thanks for the info. I have seen his books. Love your clipped lines, that is what I am always after.

    AnonymousOctober 20, 2008 @ 7:21 pm
  6. Our loss. Thankfully, he left much incredible work behind. Your haiku is thought-provoking and one which would please Mr. Higginson!

    AnonymousOctober 20, 2008 @ 8:01 pm

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