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Duško Matas

Duško Matas

Born: 1933 in Kaštel Stari by Split, Croatia
Resides: Zagreb, Veslačka 2, Croatia

Duško Matas is a psychiatrist with a sub-specialization as a forensic psychiatrist. He has a doctorate in science and a degree in law. He has published dozens of professional and scientific papers, participated in vocational commissions and congresses in the country and abroad. He has been publishing haiku since 1988 in literary journals and anthologies in Croatia and 18 countries abroad, including but not limited to Knots: The Anthology of Southeastern European Haiku Poetry [edited by Dimitar Anakiev and Jim Kacian] (Prijatelj, Slovenia, 1999; distributed by Red Moon Press); 100 Croatian Haiku: An Anthology for the Haiku Cards Game (DHHP, Zagreb, 2000); Antologija Haiku Europejskiego Gwiazda za Gwiazda (Krakow, Poljska, 2005); World Haiku 2006-2010 (World Haiku Association); In the Kneading-through [74 Haiku - an anthology] (Cascina Macondo 2006); Greieri şi crizanteme, Haiku Antologie Internaţională (Editura Orion, Bucureşti 2007) [Editor: Valentin Nicoliţov]; Concorso Internazionale Haiku Cascina Macondo edizione (2009); and sezione individuale Ma non a luna [114 Haiku – Antologia] (Italia 2009).

Awards and Other Honors: Second Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (1998); Award, Yellow Moon Literary Competition (2000); Second Prize, Ito-En, International Haiku Contest (2000); Commended haiku, UNESCO Paris (2000); Third Prize, Haiku Calendar/Rokovnik, International Haiku Contest in English, Ludbreg (2006); Second Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, English language Category (2006); Second Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2004); Honourable Mention, Haiku Calendar/Rokovnik, Ludbreg (2003); Honorary Mention, The 36th A-Bomb Memorial Day Haiku Meeting Competition (Kyoto, 1999); The Ludbreg Column of Haiku Poets, a travelling recognition which has been awarded yearly at Ludbreg Haiku Meetings to Croatian Haijin since 2003. Two haiku were selected for inclusion in William J. Higginson's Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac (Kodansha International, 1996); Honourable Mention, World Haiku Festival 2010 in Nagasaki, Competition on the theme of the Atomic Bomb (2010); Honourable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (2010); work included on the Haiku Society of America's "Haiku Wall" at the Liberty Theatre Gallery in Bend, Oregon (June 3-5, 2011).

Books Published: Vodene trave (Zagreb,1991) [in his own arrangement]; Vrh Planine / Mountain Top (Galerija Sv. Ivan Zelina, Sv. Ivan Zelina, 1998); Ljubavna priča / Love Story (Zagreb, 1999) [in his own arrangement]. Joint collections with six other poets: Sedam putova / Seven ways (Zagreb, 2000); Novih sedam putova / Seven New Ways (Zagreb, 2003). Joint collections of poetry by Croatian doctors: Vukovarsko zvono, Sipar (Zagreb, 1995); Lijet sarmatskog sokola, Sipar (Zagreb, 1996); Sat bezvremena, Grafos (Zagreb, 1999); Olovka i kist / Pencil and Paintbrush [haigas painted by Rudi Stopar (Slovenia); haiku by Zdravko Kurnik, Zvonko Petrovic, Julija Ivic, Dusko Matas, Boris Nazansky, Zdenko Orec, and Rudi Stopar; in Croatian, Slovenian, English and Japanese] (Zagreb, 2010).

Selected Work
 
low flight of a bird
a swollen stream carrying
an empty nest
 
calm water
a fallen leaf of a willow
rocking the Moon
 
 
 
bench in the park
a dry leaf is alone
no one else
 
a green tree-crown
full  of invisible
chirping
 
 
 
lonely village
wiped from the map
in the course of war
 
the weeds grow
on the ploughed land -
it is written - 'a mine field'
 
 

Credits: "low flight of a bird" - Second Prize, Ito-En, International Haiku Contest (2000); "bench in the park" - Second Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2004); "calm water" - Second Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, English language category (2006); "a green tree-crown" - Third Prize, Haiku Calendar/ Rokovnik International Haiku Contest in English (Ludbreg, 2006); "lonely village" - Selected Haiku, The 35th A-Bomb Memorial Day Haiku Meeting Competition (Kyoto, 2001); "the weeds grow" - Honorary Mention, The 36th A-Bomb Memorial Day Haiku Meeting Competition (Kyoto, 1999).

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