In Living Haiku Anthology, we learn that Robert Spiess (16 October 1921 – 13 March 2002) was editor of American Haiku and Modern Haiku. Robert became interested in haiku in the late 1930s, through early translations of Japanese haiku. He contributed to the evolution and success of English-language haiku and was an important mentor and guide to many contemporary haiku poets. A book by Robert in the Digital Library is The Cottage of Wild Plum and be sure to check out the Haiku Foundation videos: Robert Spiess on the Essence of Haiku, Robert Spiess on His History in Haiku and The Haiku Foundation Readings: Robert Spiess.
Just a few of the many articles about Robert and his life and poetry include:
- An Interview with Robert Spiess in Modern Haiku
- A Tribute to Robert Spiess by the North Carolina Haiku Society
- A Tumbly Life of Haiku: Reading Robert Spies
sits in his outer cage
the desert toads are singing
for a single night
Field of thawing snow—
a boy in muddy boots
flies a crimson kite
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