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Kirsty Karkow

Kirsty Karkow

April 21, 1937 - December 24, 2021

Kirsty Karkow lived somewhere on the rocky coast of Maine in a Danish cottage between the ocean and a large pond. Most of her life was prescribed by the watery aspects of nature, which often influenced her poetry. Having journeyed through many passions and interests she finally found that her happiest days were those spent at home, quietly mucking about outside and indoors. . . and laughing with her husband, Ed.

Kirsty Karkow passed away on December 24, 2021.

Awards and Other Honors:

Featured in A New Resonance 3: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2001); numerous Second Prize, Third Prize, and Honorable Mention awards; Winner, Yellow Moon Seed Pearls Contest (2005); Winner, the 7th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2003); Winner, the RH Blyth Award (2002); Third Place, The Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition (2010).

Books Published:

a net of sunlight (Springfed Chapbook Series #5, 2002); water poems: haiku, tanka and sijo (Black Cat Press, 2005); shorelines: haiku, haibun and tanka (Black Cat Press, 2007).

Selected Work
 
gnarled oak
my path to the hills
starts in mist
 
still arguing
we swim the same river
further upstream
 
 
 
evening mist—
square-rigged ships
fade out of sight
 
returning geese
dawn rises over the rim
of my coffee cup
 
 
 
blue sky
I almost miss
the morning glory
 
guttering candle . . .
a whole life lived without
the Northern Lights
 
 

Credits:

"gnarled oak" - Modern Haiku 32:33 (2001); "evening mist" – Third Place, Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2001); "blue sky" - Frogpond 24:2 (2001), tinywords (2002), A New Resonance 3: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2001); "still arguing" – Honorable Mention, Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award (2005), Modern Haiku 36:2 (2005), shorelines: haiku, haibun and tanka (Black Cat Press, 2007), fish in love: Haiku Society of American Members' Anthology (2006); "returning geese" – Winner, RH Blyth Award (2002), MagnaPoets Anthology (2007); "guttering candle" - The Heron's Nest 11:4 (2009).

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