I received the new issue of Modern Haiku, An Independent Journal of Haiku and Haiku Studies (Volume 50.1, Winter – Spring 2019). Paul Miller included a note, From The Editor, to honor that Modern Haiku has now been in print for fifty years. The website for this print journal includes information about the editorial staff, along with other content.
My mother was a professor in the English Department at The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. A few years ago, one of her books was reprinted and I bought a copy from Amazon. The book is on a shelf near my computer.
I began writing poetry in high school. My mother wisely let me discover my own path. One day she said, “If you’re a writer, you’ll write.” When I was older, she encouraged me to learn a form. Then I discovered haiku, and began subscribing to Modern Haiku in 1993. I remember she sent me a postcard and said I seemed comfortable with the form.
Mom especially enjoyed novels. For me, many more poetry books than novels. We watched movies and went to bookstores. We enjoyed Lake Michigan in Milwaukee.
During her last illness, I read aloud to her. We shall meet again.