Firstly thanks to all the courageous poets who have allowed me free reign with their work, those whose work is illustrated in this collection and those that I couldn't quite squeeze in.
I've been asked to say a little about how I arrived at haiku and haiga--by a kind of evolution I guess. One thing leads to another which leads to another, and of course those inevitable accidents. My two loves are nature and poetry--need I say more? Reading an anthology of nature poetry I remember stumbling upon Li Po, a Chinese poet, and being profoundly affected by the power of his writing. Notably, his ability to convey the depth of an experience, and with so few words, I was astounded. Here is where it all began.
As for haiga,
I discovered that a little over a year ago when a google poetry search
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