December 2003, Volume 1, Number 6

Raffael de Gruttola

Raffael de Gruttola was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He has two books of poetry published: Where Ashes Float in 1980 and Flamenco Song in 1983. His first book of haiku, Recycle, was published in 1989. A book of haiga, Echoes in Sand, was published in 2001 with images provided by Wilfred Croteau.

He is a past president and treasurer of the Haiku Society of America and its first Northeast Regional Coordinator. He was a founding member of the Boston Haiku Society in 1987. He is a founding member of two renku groups, The Metro West Renku Association and the Immature Green Heron, both of which meet on a regular basis.


out of the clouds
of summer rain
a red balloon

among the cactus
gypsy children
selling necklaces

in the chapel
lost in the stained glass
a butterfly

in the doorway
wrapped in yesterday's newspaper
the beggar

tulip field--
before the mosque
a waft of sand

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