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Ben Moeller-Gaa

Ben Moeller-Gaa

Born: February 16 1976 in Belleville Illinois, USA
Resides: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
E-mail: benmoellergaa (at) gmail (dot) com

Ben was first taken in by haiku several years ago when he was introduced to Robert Haas' translations of Bashô, Buson, and Issa, but it was an instructive rejection note from the late Peggy Willis Lyles that really caused him to sit up straight and take a deeper look at this form and everything it has to offer, the challenges, insight, and focus that it brings to one's life, both on and off the page, as well as being introduced to the wonderful community that surrounds it.

Awards and Other Honors: Work selected for Haiku 21: an anthology of contemporary English-language haiku [edited by Lee Gurga and Scott Metz] (Modern Haiku Press, 2011) and for carving darkness: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2011 (Red Moon Press, 2012).

Books Published: Forthcoming in 2012 from Folded Word Press: Wasp Shadows.

Selected Work
an old dress on the line
fills with wind
one siren
now two…
softly falling snow
afternoon heat
wasp shadows
in the curtains
late summer night
a deeper glow
in the embers
a little frog
                on our sun dial
                                passing time
what she said
      driving home
           the sound of blinkers

Credits: "anniversary" - The Heron's Nest XI:1 (2010); "afternoon heat"- Shamrock 19 (2011); Wasp Shadows (Folded Word Press, 2012); "a little frog" – Notes from the Gean 3:2 (2011); "one siren" – Acorn 26 (2011); "late summer night" – Chrysanthemum 10 (2011); "what she said" – The Heron's Nest XII:4 (2010).

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