Five Favorite Haiku – Cor van den Heuvel



summer afternoon
the long fly ball to center field
takes its time


a tidepool
in a clam shell
the evening sunlight


the sun goes down
my shovel strikes a spark
from the dark earth


November evening
the wind from a passing truck
ripples a roadside puddle


deep snow
the amusement park lit
by a single bulb


© Cor van den Heuvel / Haiku International Association



Cor van den Heuvel is an American haiku poet. He discovered haiku in 1958 in San Francisco where he heard Gary Snyder mention it at a poetry reading.He returned to the East Coast the following year and continued composing haiku. He became the house poet of a Boston coffee house, reading haiku and other poetry to jazz musical accompaniment By 1961 he was reading haiku at a New York City coffeehouse. In 1971 he joined the Haiku Society of America and became its president in 1978. At the World Haiku Festival held in London and Oxford in 2000, he received a World Haiku Achievement Award. In 2002, he was awarded The Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Awards in Matsuyama, for his writing and editing of haiku books.

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