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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3


Emiko Miyashita


the year-end fair
and an old photo studio  
side by side  
  chilled to the bone
  a seed coral
in the paulownia chest
the flame cannas
a wooden Virgin Mary  
carved by a slave  
  away from Paris
  cats in love
  in the narrow garden
unanswered phone calls
the greenhouse walls  
collecting moisture  
  deep autumn:
  father's baroque music
  son's rock music
a morning-glory
blue to its throat:  
I refill my fountain pen  
  through the winter woods
  almost seen . . .
  the neighboring country
and one more from Newfoundland:  
too early for the whales
binoculars focused on the town  
across the bay  

Emiko Miyashita was born in Fukushima, Japan, on September 6, 1954. She grew up in Urbana, Illinois and in Accra, Ghana, and studied English Literature at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

Emiko began writing haiku in 1993 under the tutelage of Dr. Akito Arima. She lives with her husband, Susumu; son, Manabu; and daughter, Sai, in Kawasaki, Japan. Emiko is a dojin (leading member) of "Ten'i (Providence)" Haiku Group led by Dr. Akito Arima.

Emiko Miyashita's translations with Lee Gurga are:
Love Haiku: Masajo Suzuki's Lifetime of Love, Brooks Books, USA, 2000: Einstein's Century: Akito Arima's Haiku, Brooks Books, USA, 2001; Tsuru; Yoshiko Yoshino's Haiku, Deep North Press, 2001; [*Einstein's Century and Tsuru won the Merit Book Award for translations from HSA in 2002.]; Haiku (100 haiku selected and with commentary by Mutsuo Takahashi and photos by Hakudo Inoue), P.I.E. Books, Japan, 2003; Wagashi (100 Japanese confectionery, commentary by Mutsuo Takahashi with photos by Hiroshi Yoda), P.I.E.Books, Japan, 2003; Shiki Haiku Calendar 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 (selected by Ganiya Nishimura, commentary by Mamoru Murakami, produced and translated by Nanae Tamura and us), Shiki Project, Japan.

Emiko Miyashita's translations with David Cobb: Noh (A guide book of Noh written by Mutsuo Takahashi with photos by Toshiro Morita), P.I.E.Books, Japan, 2004. Miyashita is the author of: The New Pond: An English-language Haiku Anthology, Hokumeisha, Japan, 2002; Tachimachi (Emiko's Japanese haiku collection), Shoshi Ringoya, Japan, 2003.

Emiko is a member of the Haiku International Association (Japan) and is the managing editor for HIA Haiku Contest of their homepage. She is also a member of the Association of Haiku Poets in Japan, the Haiku Society of America, and the British Haiku Society.

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