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Summer 2005, vol 3 no 2

Modern Haiga

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Pris Campbell ~



"When I was in my early thirties, my mother gave me a small box of our only existing ancestral photographs. I put them into a scrapbook, adding, bit by bit, the hundreds of stories she shared with me over the years. My purpose was to bring these faces to life for the coming generations, I saw haiga as an opportunity to do the same thing, but in a different way. As we know, haiku, by no means tells a family story. Its purpose is to capture the moment. When combined with an old photograph to create a haiga, however, some essential essence of the person photographed can be brought into the moment, too, if we're lucky. Past to present. Alive again in the fleeting 'now'. That was my goal. I hope I succeeded."
  —Pris Campbell


Pris Campbell began writing poetry in the fall of 1999 and has been published (or has poems pending publication) in i, Nienderngasse, Limestone Circle, Blackmail Press, The Dakota House, Muses Kiss, Peshekee River Poets, Verse Libre, Short Stuff, MiPo Weekly and Digital, Lotus Blooms, Simply Haiku, The Dead Mule, Women of the Web Anthology, Mipo Bonsai Print Anthology, TSCL Anthology among other print and ezine publications, and has placed in a number of poetry contests.

Previously a Clinical Psychologist and sailor/traveler, illness has forced her to temporarily park her vagabond shoes. She makes her home in the greater West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Website: Poetic Inspirations at .

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