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Haiku by Ikuyo Yoshimura

under curled eyelashes
the autumn sea
becomes clear


winter shrike--
morning moon
dimly white


he leafs through the book
with large-boned fingers

Ikuyo Yoshimura was born in Kyoto, Japan. She graduated from Doshisha University, in the English Literature Department and gained her M.A. from Aichigakuin University. She started to write poems in her college years and studied haiku under Kaneko Tohta. She is associate Professor of English at Asahi University (Gifu). She founded the Writing English-Japanese Haiku group, "Evergreen" in 1987; is a contributor to Kaitei; and a member of Modern Haiku Association. Her publications include Small Pictures (1966), At the Riverside (1990), Linked Poems by College Students (1995), Spring Thunder (1996), The Life of R.H.Blyth (Dohosha 1996), Cats in Love (2000), Honeysuckle (2000), Haiku Troubadours (2000), A Desert Rose (2002), Internationalization of Japanese Short Poems: HAIKU, TANKA & SENRYU (Chugai Nippon 2002), Evergreen Haiku Anthology (2003), and HAIKU NO SUSUME-An Introduction to English Haiku for Japanese (The Japan Times 2003) as well as numerous articles on haiku in English. She lives in Gifu City with her family. She was recently informed that she won first prize in the Haiku Poets of Northern California Rengay Contest. Her winning Rengay was written with Michael Welch when he visited in Gifu, Japan.



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