Robert Epstein

Robert Epstein

Robert Epstein

“I believe that life cannot be lived fully without contemplating our mortality.” _______Robert Epstein

1. Please share a haiku you have written.

in pine shade
for a while I forget
this life will end

2. Why did you pick this one?

I believe that life cannot be lived fully without contemplating our mortality. This prompted me to edit an anthology of English language haiku written with awareness of one’s own mortality, Dreams Wander On: Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness.

3. How many have you written? How often do you write? What inspires you?

Hundreds. I write whenever I have blocks of time; usually on Wednesdays and Sundays. Anything and everything inspires me.

4. Why do your write haiku? How did you get started?

I have lived with chronic illness and pain for more than ten years. Haiku saved my life. I had hoped to write but my attention and ability to concentrate have been adversely impacted by chronic health problems. Haiku gives expression to my spirit. I have been writing haiku since the 1990s.

5. Do you work with other forms related to haiku, like renga, senryu, haiga, tanka, etc.?

I write senryu as well as haiku. When my father died 11 years ago, I wrote haibun in order to hold onto as many memories of my dad as I could.

6. What advice would you give to aspiring haiku writers?

* Be perfectly willing to write the worst haiku in the world as you start out.
* Read as much haiku as you can get your hands on.
* Write as much haiku as you can, again, without attachment to the outcome.
* Write to write, not to get published.

7. Where can people read your haiku?

People can read haiku I’ve written at a blog I started several years ago:

I have also published two books of haiku:
* A Walk around Spring Lake
* Checkout Time is Noon: Death Awareness Haiku


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