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Rebecca Ball Rust

Rebecca Ball Rust

July 27, 1928 - April 27, 2018

Rebecca Ball Rust was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and made her home in Aiken, South Carolina. She was a graduate of Duke University; a writer of nonfiction and poetry; a former ballet company dancer; a newspaper dance reviewer; and an advertising cartoonist. She was the founder of the North Carolina Haiku Society and past president of the North Carolina Poetry Society. Her work has been anthologized with that of Carl Sandburg, Maya Angelou, Reynolds Price, and others. A tribute to Becky appears at the North Carolina Poetry Society's website: https://nc-haiku.org/remembering-rebecca-rust/

Awards and Other Honors: Rebecca Ball Rust was the recipient of many awards.

Books Published: Tu-Tu, The Would-Be Ballerina [collection of cartoons originally published in The News & Observer and The Raleigh Times (Raleigh, NC, 1964); I Remember Morehead (The Prism, 1972); The Outside of a Haiku (The North Carolina Haiku Society Press, 1984); In the Night Shallows (Rosenberry Books, 2009)

Selected Work
 
Beginning rain,
the smell of honeysuckle
and freshly turned dirt
 
cold mist on the sea,
smoke pours from the mouths of fish
cooking on the fire
 
 
 
summer dusk
the sounds of gypsy moths
flicking the screen
 
in the night shallows
a burrowed flounder's eye
circled in sand
 
 
 
sundown
the silence of a banjo propped
against the cottonwood
 
rising moon
in the fish-cleaning sink
the sparkle of scales
 
 
 
concert on the green,
in the flute's high note
a moth quivers
 
a dry maple leaf
rattles across the patio
smell of rain
 
 
 
dark rainy street,
the ice cream truck bells
ringing for no one
 
Halloween moon
bobbing in the barrel
with the apples
 
 

Credits: " Beginning rain" - Brussels Sprout 2:2 (winter 1981); Rust, "Mouth of the Fish," Haiku Canada Sheet (1986–87); "summer dusk" – Leanfrog IV;2 (1981); Haiku Canada Sheet; The Outside of a Haiku (The North Carolina Haiku Society Press, 1984); "sundown" – Dragonfly 13:1 (1985); TV Channel 14, Chapel Hill, NC; Eigo Haiku; In the Night Shallows (Rosenberry Books, 2009); " concert on the green" - Frogpond 10:2 (May 1987); From a Kind Neighbor (Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 1997); " dark rainy street" - (1991); Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary American Haiku [edited by Bruce Ross] (Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1993); " cold mist on the sea" - Rust, "Mouth of the Fish," Haiku Canada Sheet (1986–87); Haiku Compass: Directions in the Poetical Map of the United States of America [edited by William J. Higginson] (Haiku International Association, 1994); Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac (Kodansha International, 1996); "in the night shallows" – Haiku Canada Sheet (1987); TV Channel 14, Chapel Hill, NC; In the Night Shallows (Rosenberry Books, 2009); "rising moon" – Modern Haiku 17:2 (1986); Here's to the Land, TV Channel 14, Chapel Hill, NC; Haiku Canada Sheet; Haiku Canada Holographic Anthology; In the Night Shallows (Rosenberry Books, 2009); "a dry maple leaf" – North Carolina Haiku Society Web site (2008); In the Night Shallows (Rosenberry Books, 2009); "Halloween moon" – Silenced Spring (1981); Hootey Owl Halloween (North Carolina Haiku Society, 1991); In the Night Shallows (Rosenberry Books, 2009).

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