Nika

Nika

Born: May 04 1946 in Spokane Washington, USA
Resides: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
E-mail: jforce (at) shaw (dot) ca

I hold a Ph.D. in education and currently supervise graduate research projects at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. I have published over 250 haiku and related forms of poetry in over 30 journals from ten different countries. I have recently, as of 2010, returned to writing haiku after a fourteen-year hiatus.

Awards and Other Honors: First Place, the Haiku Society of America’s Renga Competition (1994) [“after the thunder,” written with Joanne Morcom and Sister Mary Jane MacPherson].

Books Published: Frogs Singing (Duck Island Press, Calgary, AB, Canada, 1993) [20 pages, paperback].

Selected Work
 
dawn—
the smell of wild horses
permeates the fog
 
summer rain—
rodeo cowboy
rising from the mud
 
 
 
rising moon
new-born calf discovers
its legs
 
summer heat
butterscotch sundaes
vanilla breasts
 
 
 
snail my friend
all this way to my door
just as I am leaving
 
stargazing . . .
grandson more fascinated
with satellites
 
 

Credits: "dawn" - Blithe Spirit 4:2 (1994); "rising moon" - Haiku Spirit 4 (1995); "snail my friend" - Frogpond XVII:2 (1994); "summer rain" - Modern Haiku XXV:1 (1994); "summer heat" – Tidepool 11 (1994); "stargazing" - Presence 2 (1996).

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