Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bill Higginson

..

the rain
almost a friend
this funeral


Bill was one of the most warm-hearted people I have ever met. Despite being one of the giants of haiku he was the most accessible and humble of people.

If you do not own a copy of the Haiku Handbook I urge you to buy a copy:

Amazon.com (U.S.)
www.amazon.com/Haiku-Handbook-Write-Share-Teach/dp/4770014309

Amazon.co.uk (U.K.)
www.amazon.co.uk/Haiku-Handbook-Write-Share-Teach/dp/4770014309


I have lost someone very dear to me, and he was always my mentor.

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8 comments:

Nora said...

Thank you, Alan, for your personal insight and haiku. Ironically, or perhaps appropriately, I'm in the middle of reading that book right now. It's on my nightstand.

kouji | haiku said...

a sad day...

Alan Summers said...

Hi Nora,

Please do enjoy the book, it's a wonderful achievement and legacy. ;-)

wordcrafter said...

Condolences for he loss of a friend. I haven't read the book but will get it now.
And the haiku is a simply lovely tribute.

Poet in Residence said...

20,400 pages on google
for 'bill higginson haiku'
so quite a legacy there

and some lovely photographs of him on those webpages too.

Nora said...

Thanks, Alan. :-)

jem said...

Thanks for sharing your personal view of him.

I confess I've had the book on my shelf for years but have only dipped in. When I heard the sad news I thought it was an apt time to take it down and dive in. I'm only a few chapters in, but learning so much already about the true spirit of the form. Very accessible and informative.

Indeed a loss.

Alan Summers said...

Hi Jem,

It really is an incredible book. I am so glad you reading it. I still can't believe how Bill could have written such an accessible book that 'correctly' covers so much. A truly amazing achievement.

I think you also adore Bill's Haiku World book at a later time! ;-)