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Carl Seguiban

Carl Seguiban

Born: in Zamboanga City, Philippines
Resides: British Columbia, Canada
E-mail: studio_case (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) sg

Carl's native tongue is Chavacano, spoken by less than half a million people and dwindling. A trained architect, haiku appeals to his modernist leanings. 'Less is more', ‘Form follows function’- these dicta for modernism also guide his haiku. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Bottle Rockets, A Hundred Gourds, Moongarlic, Presence, and Under the Basho, among others. He hopes to publish a haiku book in Chavacano before he or the language disappears.

Awards and Other Honors: First Prize & Third Prize, Betty Drevniok Award (2015); First Prize, Creatrix Haiku Prize (2015); First Prize, The 10th Pumpkin Festival Haiku (2014); First Prize, RL Poetry Award Haiku Section (2014); Honorable Mention, Wild Plum Haiku Contest (2015); Second Place, Revista (Senryu) (2015); Second Prize, Diogen Spring Haiku (2014); Third Prize, 19th Kusamakura International Haiku Competition (2014); Commendation, 10th Klostar Ivanic Haiku Competition (2014).

Selected Work
the weight of an ocean a whirr on fishing lines
surely the river dragging winter to the sea
on spiderweb dew beads where daybreak waits
Ulysses shooting morphemes to my brains
aurora borealis—
her grip
the river
changing its tune—

Credits: "the weight" - Under the Basho (2014); "on spiderweb dew" - Under the Basho (2014); "aurora borealis" - Moongarlic 2 (May 2014); "surely the river" - Moongarlic 2 (May 2014); "Ulysses" - A Handful of Stones (April 11, 2014); "the river" - Under the Basho (2014).

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