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Shimi (Mark Brooks)

Shimi (Mark Brooks)

Born: January 06 1971 in San Antonio Texas, USA
Resides: Austin, Texas, USA
E-mail: shimi-at-haijinx (dot) org

Shimi (Mark Brooks) lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two boys. Mark has given talks on haiku and renku in throughout the United States and his presentation on kigo to the Haiku Society of America quarterly meeting (“The Poetics of Kigo”, Long Beach, December 2001) was so well-received that he was invited to repeat it at the next national meeting (“An Approach to Kigo”, New Orleans, September 2002). This talk will be published later this year. Mark created the popular haikai journal haijinx in 2001, as well as Mark’s Haiku Place (2000, haikai link depot later the hiho project) and the haijinx weekly wire (2002, haikai news feed). All of these projects suspended activity from 2003 through 2009. In 2010, Mark relaunched the haijinx site on the lunar new year, quickly adding the haikai twitter feed @haijinx. This new version of the haijinx wire provides haikai news and deadline reminders to the Twitter public as well as to subscribers through a variety of delivery options. On March 20, 2010, the equinox, Alan Summers, Carmen Sterba, and Mark Brooks announced the return of haijinx with the haijinx quarterly. Mark has used the haigô Shimi (silverfish) for haikai since 2004. Earlier haiku and renku are signed Mark Brooks.

Awards and Other Honors: Mark's poetry has been published and anthologized worldwide, including several editions of the Red Moon Anthology. His haiku and renku have often been honored with awards, including the Mainichi Haiku Contest (first prize), the British Haiku Society's James W. Hackett International Haiku Award (highly commended), the Haiku Society of America's Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition (multiple firsts and seconds), the Snapshots Haiku Calendar Competition (winner and runners-up), and the Penumbra Haiku Competition (finalists). Mark’s first manuscript won The Snapshot Press Haiku Collection Competition in 2002 and was published as A Handful of Pebbles (Snapshot Press, 2006).

Books Published: A Handful of Pebbles (Snapshot Press, 2006).

Selected Work
 
pear blossoms—
shaving for the morning
vasectomy
 
heat lightning
an armadillo skitters
into a ditch
 
 
 
smell of rain—
soft ridges of mint
oil my fingers
 
withering wind
the fence-builder pulls a nail
from his lips
 
 
 
tranquil afternoon—
nicking moonflower seeds
with a pocketknife
 
moonset
before the funeral
a cup of twig tea
 
 

Credits: "pear blossoms" - Snapshots 10 (2002); A Handful of Pebbles (Snapshot Press, 2006); dust of summers: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2007 (Red Moon Press, 2008); "smell of rain" - temps libres - free times (Weekly Favorite, 4/24/2000); A Handful of Pebbles (Snapshot Press, 2006); "tranquil afternoon" - The Heron's Nest VI:4 (2004); A Handful of Pebbles (Snapshot Press, 2006); "heat lightning" - The Heron's Nest III:3 (2001); The Writer, Volume 114, Number 8 (September, 2001 - within article on haiku today by William J. Higginson); Cornell University's Mann Library "Daily Haiku" (2001-10-11) [web]; Snapshots Haiku Calendar 2002 [runner-up for September in the HC Competition, 2001] (Snapshot Press, 2001); A Handful of Pebbles (Snapshot Press, 2006); "withering wind" - First Prize, 5th Mainichi Haiku Contest International Section (2001); A Handful of Pebbles (Snapshot Press, 2006); 5th Annual Mainichi Haiku Contest, International Section - 1st Prize Mainichi Shimbun (2001-06-08) [Japanese daily newspaper] Haiku Alpha (Japan) (2001-07-23) [Japanese bi-monthly magazine]; Haiku Society of America Newsletter; Cornell University's Mann Library "Daily Haiku" (2001-10-12) [web]; JapanFest 2001 haiku display (pinecone), Stone Mountain, Georgia (2001-10-27/28); Snapshots Haiku Calendar 2002 [runner-up for November in the HC Competition, 2001] (Snapshot Press, 2001); Voices and Echoes: Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology 2001 (Haiku Society of America, 2001); the loose thread: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2001 (Red Moon Press, 2002); "moonset" - Acorn 6 (2001); A Handful of Pebbles (2006); Cornell University's Mann Library "Daily Haiku" (2001-10-9)[web].

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