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Rick Tarquinio

Rick Tarquinio

Born: 1961 in Bridgeton New Jersey, USA
Resides: Bridgeton, New Jersey, USA
E-mail: soundingplace (at) gmail (dot) com

Rick Tarquinio’s haiku first appeared in Modern Haiku in 1998, and for nearly a decade he was a regular contributor there, as well as Frogpond, Acorn, The Heron’s Nest and other journals. His haiku have won awards, placed in contests, and been selected to appear in three Red Moon Anthologies. In 2013, after dropping off the radar for a number of years to focus on his music, he once again dedicated himself to haiku and began composing poems in earnest. The result was his first collection, Mostly Water which was released in 2015 and contains 120 new poems. In the seismically shifting landscape of modern haiku, Rick considers himself first and foremost a Nature poet, who is more than happy to keep writing about butterflies and box turtles because he has not fully learned what they are trying to teach him.

Awards and Other Honors: Some of his awards include: The Heron’s Nest Award, The Heron's Nest II:2 (2000); Runner Up, Editor’s Choice, The Heron's Nest III:4 (2001); Third Prize, The Harold G. Henderson Award for Haiku (Haiku Society of America, 2005); Second Prize, Penumbra Haiku Contest (2005).

Books Published: Mostly Water (self-published, 2015).

Selected Work
 
a stick caught               
on the lip of the dam
winter’s end
 
hush of the pines     
snowflakes collecting
on a spider’s thread
 
 
 
blue sky 
wind whistling down
the kite string
 
sent back out 
for something I forgot
winter stars
 
 
 
waterfall . . .
the passage of a floating leaf
slowed by wind
 
a snow sky— 
last year’s ashes
still in the stove
 
 

Credits: "a stick caught" - Third Prize, The Harold G. Henderson Award for Haiku (Haiku Society of America, 2005); "blue sky" - Second Prize, Penumbra Haiku Contest (2005); "waterfall" - The Heron’s Nest Award, The Heron's Nest  II:2 (2000); "hush of the pines" - Modern Haiku 38:1 (2007); "sent back out" - Runner Up, Editor’s Choice, The Heron's Nest III:4 (2001); "a snow sky" - fish in love: Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology (Haiku Society of America, 2006).

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