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Simply Haiku, Nov.-Dec. 2004. vol.2, no.6

A Photo-Haiku Collaboration

Photography by Jennifer Virgil Gurchinoff || Haiku & Tanka by Anita Virgil

This collaboration features the work of poet-mom Anita Virgil and photographer-daughter Jennifer Virgil Gurchinoff.

Jennifer Virgil Gurchinoff is a freelance photographer in Forest, Virginia. She holds an AS degree in photography and is an active member in the Blue Ridge Photographic Arts Society.

After taking several years off from her art to raise a family, she is now actively pursuing her career. Her work has hung in several shows sponsored by the Blue Ridge Photographic Arts Society in addition to her solo show in a local financial institution.

Of her approach to photography, she writes: "I look for and see the unusual in the usual—exploring different angles and aspects of ordinary things."

An extensive collection of Jennifer's photographs can be found on the Blue Ridge Photographic Arts Society's web site.

Persons wishing to obtain a print of any of Jennifer's photographs or a copy of one of the photo-haiku in this collection by Jennifer and Anita can contact Jennifer by email: jvgimages@yahoo.com.

Anita Virgil lives in Forest, Virginia. She is a past president of the Haiku Society of America. She was a member of the three-person HSA Committee on Definitions which included Harold G. Henderson and William J. Higginson. As a member of the Book Committee for A Haiku Path (HSA, Inc. 1994), she edited the two chapters on Definitions.

Books: A 2nd Flake (1974), ONE POTATO TWO POTATO ETC (1991, Peaks Press), on my mind, an Interview of Anita Virgil by Vincent Tripi (3rd edition, Press Here, 1993), Pilot (1996, Peaks Press), A Long Year (2002, Peaks Press), and summer thunder (2004, Peaks Press).

Her poetry and essays and book reviews have appeared in all major haiku magazines and anthologies for 35 years. Most recently, she appears in the anthologies Where Dogs Dream (2003, MQP London), Haiku for Lovers (2003, MQP London), Haiku (2003, Alfred A. Knopf Everyman's Library edition). Poems and essays have also appeared on the Internet and in magazines in Yugoslavia, Croatia, Slovenia, Russia and Serbia/Montenegro.

Of her work, Anita writes: I always had and still have a single goal for haiku: that it be poetry, that it sit comfortably in its uniqueness amid the literature of the world. There is no reason for it not to since the best artists speak "to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives: to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain."*

all photographs: © 2004 J. Virgil Gurchinoff photography. All Rights Reserved.  Reproduction in any form is strictly prohibited.

* quote from Nigger of the Narcissus by Joseph Conrad.