Haiku by Peggy Heinrich
From the beginning, Haigaonline's signature feature has been the Traditional Haiga section. Here we feature multimedia haiga by our resident staff. Mary B. Rodning paints the image; Hiromi Inoue translates the haiku into Japanese; Shisen adds the calligraphy; Seiso creates a musical setting for bamboo flute, and finally, Jasminka puts on the finishing touches by marrying calligraphy to image.
Our featured poet for this issue, Peggy is a native of the New York area who now lives in Santa Cruz, California and has been writing haiku for more than three decades. She was experimenting with collaborative haiga as early as the 1970s, poeming artwork by Barbara Gray in exhibition and in a limited edition artist's book (Haiga-Haiku: 8 etchings by Barbara Gray, 8 haiku by Peggy Heinrich, 1982). Her two recent publications, Peeling an Orange (Modern English Tanka Press, 2009) and Forward Moving Shadows (Bloomington IN: iUniverse, 2012) include images by photographer John Bolivar that have been praised by reviewers for the way they link to and extend the haiku and tanka.
I've come to know Peggy through the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society and Haiku Poets of Northern California and love the quiet warmth of her poetry. We hope you'll enjoy these three new haiku with the aesthetic response by our resident team.