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Marinko Španović

Marinko Španović

1955 - July 8, 2011

Born in Samobor, Croatia, Marinko Španović started writing in 1975, and edited over 30 haiku collections and anthologies. He wrote a number of book reviews. He was a selector and a translator to and from English, presented in many anthologies. His haiku have been published in many haiku journals and magazines, such as South-West, Daily Yomiuri, Mainichi Daily News, Feasta, Woodpecker, and others.

Awards and Other Honors: First Prize, Haiku Day, Dubravko Ivančan (Krapina, 2006); Third Place, 300th Anniversary of Basho's 'Oku No Hosomichi' and Days of Japanese Culture and 'NHK' Japanese TV (1988); Honourable Mention, Mainichi Haiku Contest (2005); Mainichi Haiku Contest (1998); Commendment, Haiku Calendar/Rokovnik, Ludbreg, Internationl Haiku contest in English (2001); First Prize, Haiku Day, Dubravko Ivančan (Krapina, 2003); Third Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2003); Commendation, The 39th A-Bomb Memorial Day (2005), Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (Kumamoto, Japan, 2005); 22nd Prize, Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2005 ); Commendment by Polish Haiku Society for haiku cyclus Slavonske šume/Forests of Slavonia and for long time collaboration (2000); Award, Ito-En, International Haiku Contest (2003); haiku selected for inclusion in William J. Higginson's Haiku World, An International Poetry Almanac (Kodansha International, 1996); 10 haiku selected for inclusion in A. Duhaine's Canadian Anthology, Haiku Without Borders (1998); haiku selected for inclusion in Knots: The Anthology of Southeastern European Haiku Poetry [edited by Dimitar Anakiev and Jim Kacian] (Prijatelj, Slovenia, 1999; distributed by Red Moon Press); Honourable Mention, HIA 4th haiku contest (2002); Choice of haiku, The Herb Barrett Award (Hamilton, Canada, 2000); Mainichi Daily News Haiku Column (June 2001); Toranomon Haiku Newsletter by Sakuzo Takada (1999), 101 Haiku (edited by Sakuzo Takada and Fusao Maki); Favourite Haiku, Tom Noyes, Azami Yutaka Ikokku Santo (1998); Second Prize - Kloštar Ivanić Haiku Contest, Croatian language category (2010).

Books Published: Planinski vjetar / Mountain Wind, Edition Matsuo Basho, Haiku poetry, Razvigor, Požega (Ex-Yugoslavia, 1988); Duga / The Rainbow, Haiku poetry, Edition Matsuo Basho, Dom kulture Odžaci (Ex-Yugoslavia, 1989); Poljubac svjetlosti / Kiss of Light (Hrvatsko haiku društvo: Samobor, 1995); Brbljanje o neizrecivom / Gassing about the Unspeakable (Hrvatsko haiku društvo: Samobor ,1998).

Selected Work
 
spring rain—
the lid is hopping
over boiling beans
 
a blind man's stick
listening to water
in the puddle
 
 
 
a child's drawing:
the same color for tank,
for soldier, and sun
 
extending a hand
the beggar hides the other
he hasn't got
 
 
 
chilly November:
water for washing the udder
steaming in the cowshed
 
winter setting in;
with my dad's comb
I stroke my hair
 
 

Credits: "spring rain" - Third Place, 300th Anniversary of Basho's 'Oku No Hosomichi' and Days of Japanese Culture and 'NHK' Japanese TV (1988); Knots: The Anthology of Southeastern European Haiku Poetry [edited by Dimitar Anakiev and Jim Kacian] (Prijatelj, Slovenia, 1999; distributed by Red Moon Press); and in a review of that book in Frogpond 22:3 (1999); a variation appeared in Španović's Kiss of Light (1995) and in a review of that book in Modern Haiku 27:1 (1996); "a child's drawing" - Haiku in Wartime (Croatian Haiku Association, 1992); also included in Dee Evett’s “The Conscious Eye,” Frogpond 22:2 (1999); "chilly November" - First Prize, 5th Haiku Day, Dubravko Ivančan (Krapina, 2003); "a blind man's stick" – Award, Ito-En, International Haiku Contest (2003); "extending a hand" - William J. Higginson: Haiku World, An International Poetry Almanac (Kodansha International, 1996); "winter setting in" - Third Prize, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2005).

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