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Summer 2006, vol 4 no 2


New Haiku Editor

It is my pleasure to introduce to you Simply Haiku's new Haiku Editor, Denis M. Garrison. A farm boy from middle America, Garrison is a world traveler who brings to our journal extensive experience as a Japanese short form poet, editor, and author.

Garrison taught creative writing for Johns Hopkins University's Free University; founded Haiku Harvest and The Loch Raven Review; edited multiple publications, authored three books of poetry, and has founded the new webzine, 3x5 Review.

Robert D. Wilson
Owner/Managing Editor
Simply Haiku


Denis M. Garrison

Denis M. Garrison

Denis M. Garrison was born in Iowa in 1946. His family and philosophical roots are in black dirt country. He has lived all over the United States, several years in Asia, in North Africa, and in Europe. He received his early schooling in Tokyo, Japan and in Sukiran and Naha, Okinawa. He served in Okinawa and in Taiwan while in the Air Force, and aboard the USS Ranger in Viet Nam while in the Navy. A Marylander since 1960, Denis now lives with his wife, Deborah, on My Lady's Manor in Baltimore's Hunt Country. A lifelong photographer and a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, Denis was the first photographer admitted to the Maryland Federation of Artists, with a B&W portfolio. Now retired from government, Denis works full time at writing and editing.

A 1974 university graduate in English Literature from Towson, where he edited the literary magazine and chaired the Towson English Association, Denis taught creative writing for Johns Hopkins University's Free University. He had published several poems and short stories, as well as an essay on dichotomies in the modern novel, before the 1975 self-publication of his chapbook, Port of Call and Other Poems.

Denis' work has been printed in May Dazed, Moonset, Nisqually Delta Review, Poetry Scotland, Poets Gone Wild, Ribbons, Wisteria, Talisman, Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, Haiku Harvest, In Buddha's Temple, Nightingale, and Templar Phoenix Literary Review, and published online in A Field of Flowers, Autumn Leaves, Catholic Planet, East Village Poetry, Full Moon, Gunpowder River Poetry, Haiga Online, Haiku Cycles, Haiku Noir, Ku Nouveau, Lynx, Photo Haiku Gallery, Poetic Table of the Elements, Poetic Voices, Poetry in the Light, Roadrunner, Rustlings of the Wind, Saijiki-X, See Haiku Here: Digital Haiga Gallery, Stirring, The Poet's Porch, The Writer's Hood, Verse Libre Quarterly, WaterBlossoms, Wild Poetry Eliot Hyperpoem, World Haiku Association, and World Haiku Review.

Denis has a good deal of experience as a poetry editor. He edits and publishes 3x5 Poetry Review, a new digital and print journal of tercets and quintains ( 3x5 Poetry Review replaced Haiku Harvest which Denis edited and published from 2000-2006. He also edited the webzines Ku Nouveau, Haiku Noir, Templar Phoenix, Haiku Cycles, and Gunpowder River Poetry from 2000 through 2003 (all archived at In 2005, Garrison was a founding editor of Loch Raven Review ( and in 2002, a founding editor of Amaze: The Cinquain Journal ( Denis' books in print are: The Brink at Logan Pond, a volume of formal poetry, free verse, and prose poems; Eight Shades of Blue, a volume of both traditional and experimental haiku, Port of Call and Other Poems, the third edition of the 1975 chapbook; and Three Odd Tales, a small booklet of short stories. His books are available for purchase at his bookstore at:

Denis' personal poetry website is at



skylarks sing
above the pillaged plains
fair sky

koi pond—
the sound of fragrant

summer storm
the steaming road full
of hopping frogs

meadow in bloom
the tallest wildflowers
surround a carcass

The following haiku are posted on Haiku & Tanka Unchained Blog;
also on

after the storm
the wet fields
smeared with moonlight

moonless night ...
dark valley waterfall
sings to itself

October rain—
the boulevard paved
in red and gold

a bridge to nowhere
lost in the rising stream
an old tree topples

above dark cottonwoods
the bright river of stars—
a nightjar calls

above the garbage scow
a flying circus—
the piping of gulls


spring forest
bare branches and blossoms
that awkward time