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Summer 2007, vol 5 no 2


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Ion Codrescu ~ haiga

Ion Codrescu Ion Codrescu was born in 1951 in Cobadin, Romania and earned a degree from the Fine Arts Academy in Bucharest. His poems (including haiku), essays, and articles have been published in 18 countries and 13 languages, and his paintings are in private art collections and public museums in a variety of countries.

In the 1990s, Ion received a scholarship to Japan where he studied ink painting and haiga with the Japanese artist Ryuhei Nishiyama. Later, both master and student produced an art show at the Constantza Art Museum. Also in the 1990s, he founded the Constantza Haiku Society of Romania, the international haiku journal Albatross, the Constantza International Haiku Festival and the Constantza National Haiku Conference.

Ion is a member of the Romanian Writers' Association; the Haiku Society of America; Haiku International Association; Renku Association of Japan; Haiku Association of France; Accademia Internatinale "Greci-Marino"; Accademia del Verbano, di Lettere, Arti, Science of Italy; the World Haiku Association; and the World Haiku Club.

His Keynote Speech for the World Haiku Festival 2000, London-Oxford Conference, "Rules of Form and Freedom of Spirit in Haiku," were published in the World Haiku Review ( Vol.1, No. 3, ).

His books include Drawings Among Haiku, Muntenia Press, Romania, 1992; Constantza Haiku Anthology, Muntenia Press, Romania, 1992; L'Abricotier change de visage, Voix d'Encre Press, France, 1994; Round the Pond - An Anthology, Muntenia Press, Romania, 1994; Unsold Flowers, Hub Editions, Great Britain, 1995; A Foreign Guest, Ex Ponto Press, Romania, 1999; Mountain Voices, Ami-Net International Press, Great Britain, 2000; Kapljice Rose [Dewdrops], Apokalipsa Press, Solvenia, 2000; HAIKU-HAIGA, Ex Ponto Press, Romania, 2004.

Ion Codrescu is currently working on a PhD in Visual Arts at the National University of Arts in Bucharest The subject of his thesis, which he plans to publish as a book, is: "Image and Text in Haiga," based on his study of the relationships between image and text in Japanese and Western haiga.

For further information or to see a wider selection of Ion Codrescu's images, visit his web site: Ion Codrescu Gallery (On this gallery, prices are quoted for some of his haiga images.)

Note: "the rising sun" was influenced by the haiku of Jack Galmitz; the other five haiga were influenced by the haiku of Gabriel Rosenstock.

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