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Winter 2005, vol 3 no 4


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Preface: It's quite an honor to share some of my work alongside those showcased by the phenomenal poets and artists featured in this forum. A few months ago I stumbled upon the Simply Haiku Yahoo Group (moderated by Robert Wilson) where I was introduced to the Japanese art form of haiga. The juxtaposition of haiku with visual imagery appealed to my artistic curiosity. After a few experiments, I was hooked. For inspiration, I draw upon "the moment" reflections, memories, thoughts, and reactions to my surroundings: "Weeds" was a recollection of a neighbor who was disinterested in lawn maintenance. His unattended weeds grew to impressive heights and even bloomed. "Wind chime" was inspired by my late grandmother who lived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She had a sizeable wind chime collection, many of which were designed with sea-creature and butterfly themes. "The Old Barn" represents the passage of time and the transitions that come along with it.


Shane Gilreath ~

digital haiga

Shane Gilreath Shane Gilreath resides in Los Angeles where he works for a mid-sized law firm as an intake interview clerk. He grew up on the Hawaiian island of Maui and often reminisces about smog-free skies and fresh ocean air. In his spare time, Shane collects Hawaiiana (items associated with the history and cultural aspects of Hawaii) and enjoys listening to Hawaiian music.


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