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Pearl Pirie

Pearl Pirie

Born: March 08 1972 in Carleton Place Ontario, Canada
Resides: Alcove, Quebec, Canada

Pearl Pirie is a Quebec writer of poetry and fiction. She has four poetry collections published, most recently footlights (Radiant Press, 2020). A past-president of KaDo, an Ottawa-area haiku and tanka group, she has been writing haiku since the 90s. Poems have been published in Haiku Canada Review, Bottle Rockets, A Hundred Gourds and Frogpond as well as in Broadsheets: Overwintering What Keeps (phafours, 2020), Salt Stains (Haiku Canada Review, Feb 2016), and Place-keeping (phafours, 2015).

Awards and Other Honors:

Winner of the 2017 Haiku Canada Ginko walk, Lampman Award for best National Capital Region poetry collection in 2015 for the pet radish, shrunken (book*hug, 2015). Her haiku in the Brick Books History of Canadian Haiku [May 2015]. Her book Thirsts was the winner of the 2011 Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative Poetry 2011. She was deemed an upcoming poet to watch as a Hot Ottawa Voice 2008. Her poem 3rd Place in the Ray Burrell Poetry Contest 2007, Honourable Mention in the Ray Burrell Poetry Contest 2006 and she was a John Newlove Award finalist in 2003.

Books Published:

Water loves its bridges (Alfred Gustav Press, 2020), Not Quite Dawn (Éditions des petits nuages, 2020), Eldon, letters (above/ground press, 2019).
Poems in: Haiku in Canada: History, Poetry, Memoir by Terry Ann Carter (Ekstasis Editions, 2020); Moving Meditation, ed. by Lynne Jambor (2021); The Wanderer Brush: Haiga of Ion Codrescu (Red Moon Press, Sept. 2020); a hole in the light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018 Red Moon Press, July 2020; Lighting the Global Lantern: A Teacher’s Guide to Haiku and Related Forms, ed. by Terry Ann Carter (Wintergreen Studios, 2011); Painting Sunlight: A Trilingual Canadian Haiku Anthology (Wah, 2015); Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, ed. by Penny Harter and Scott Wiggerman (Dos Gatos Press, 2013).

Selected Work
held up by string―
dad’s chin drops
my height
in an icicle
gone at noon
tulip sprouts
tip their soil―
a shirtless runner
snap snap of stems
yesterday’s red lilies
in the hail
the crow
our shadows inside
the forest’s
the hawk
being eaten
by fog


“peonies” - Wordless: Haiku Canada 40 Years of Haiku, Ekstasis Editions, 2017; “my height” - A Hundred Gourds Issue 4:4, Sept. 2015; “tulip sprouts”- Frogpond vol. 37:2, 2014; “snap snap of stems” - Painting Sunlight: A Trilingual Canadian Haiku Anthology, Wah, 2015; “the crow” - Halibut, July 2018; “the hawk” - The Touch of a Moth, Scrivener Press, 2012.

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