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Vale Andre Surridge, 1951-2019

Started by sandra, December 26, 2019, 11:37:50 PM

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sandra

It is with regret that I inform you that New Zealand haiku and tanka poet Andre Surridge passed away on December 23.

A tribute page to him may be found here: https://poetrysociety.org.nz/affiliates/haiku-nz/haiku-happenings/

AlanSummers

It was very sad to hear about the passing of André Surridge. I know he must have been a fine person because I spent thirteen months in Hull as renga poet-in-residence, and there's something very special about the city and its people.

I regularly come back to this haiku, not only because it touches on a single day, which is special in itself, but  because it's packed with layers. A close reader and an empathic one, will continue to be astonished at how much is really here.

As With Words became Call of the Page we've continued to use this as a powerful example of looking beyond the words and into the human condition.

Remembrance Day–
the child insists on a poppy
for her doll

André Surridge
Hamilton, New Zealand

1st With Words International Online Haiku Competition (2008)
Joint 3rd Prize

The 'Remembrance Day' haiku starts simply enough, but with a surprise in the 'phrase' part of the haiku. Many of us may think special memorial days are for 'last century's wars' but without preaching, only showing, this poem reminds me that wars are still very much with us. I found that the scene with the little girl insisting on a poppy for her doll was very potent.
https://withwords.org.uk/results.html#2008commentary

deepest condolences,

Alan Summers
www.callofthepage.org


Quote from: sandra on December 26, 2019, 11:37:50 PM
It is with regret that I inform you that New Zealand haiku and tanka poet Andre Surridge passed away on December 23.

A tribute page to him may be found here: https://poetrysociety.org.nz/affiliates/haiku-nz/haiku-happenings/
Alan Summers,
founder, Call of the Page
https://www.callofthepage.org

Seaview (Marion Clarke)

Always sad  to hear of a haiku poet's passing, since our world is a relatively sally one, albeit virtual in most cases.

A very relatable haiku highlighted by Alan Summers of Call of the Page. I can imagine many children, including my daughter when she was much younger, insisting that a favourite doll be treated the same as the humans.

marion

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