1. Please share a haiku you have written.
as if time never
2. Why did you pick this one?
It reminds me of the inimitable haunting mystery of standing at Buson’s grave in a little cemetery of a small temple in mountains outside of Tokyo.
3. How many have you written? How often do you write? What inspires you?
I couldn’t guess how many I have written. I write poetry about once a month, often more frequently if I am on vacation. I’m inspired by things I see in nature, canyon hiking, the peopled world, art in museums, aquariums, or things I hear or read.
4. Why do your write haiku? How did you get started?
I write poetry as an avocation, a creative outlet, and a source of joy.
I started, when I sought a new creative outlet. I have a PhD in research science, and was used to publishing articles about nature in concise language. Haiku with its traditional focus on nature and concise, short form appealed to me.
5. Do you work with other forms related to haiku, like renga, senryu, haiga, tanka, etc.?
I won third place in the 2009 International Tanka Tokyo Competition.
I publish tanka regularly in Ribbons and Eucalypt. I’ve published tanka in all volumes of Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka. I’ve also published in Mariposa, Dwarf Stars: Best Short verse of 2011, Gusts, Moonset, HPNC Newsletter, spiritual journals, and in invitation only anthologies.
I enjoy presenting papers at haiku and tanka conferences, and have done so in Tokyo, Australia, and the U.S. At the international Haiku Pacific Rim conference in Australia, I gave a talk on Sign Language Haiku: Poetic Structure in Visual Manual Space.
I produce multi-media Japanese Performing Arts Programs usually at metropolitan Asian Museums. I include commissioned art, poetry, live shakuchachi music and Japanese butoh dance.
6. What advice would you give to aspiring haiku writers?
Get a blank journal for haiku writing. Carry a small pad of paper and writing instrument with you regularly to write down things that inspire you. Read Lee Gurga’s book on how to write haiku. Join a haiku group.
7. Where can people read your haiku?
I’ve been published in the Snapshot Press Calendar, Mariposa, HPNC Newsletter, Ehime Shimbun, temps libres, bottle rockets. My haiku have won in the international competitions of the Haiku Poets of Northern California (HPNC) and can be seen at the HPNC website. My work has appeared in over 25 anthologies and chapbooks (in English & Hindi) including conference anthologies. I’ve been editor & co-editor of Southern California Haiku volumes.