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Gregory Piko

Gregory Piko

Born: 1955 in Melbourne, Australia
Resides: Yass, New South Wales, Australia
E-mail: gregpiko (at) hotmail (dot) com

Gregory's haiku have been widely published in Australia and around the world. His writing has appeared in many anthologies including Haiku 21: an anthology of contemporary English-language haiku, edited by Lee Gurga and Scott Metz (Modern Haiku Press, 2011); Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, edited by Jim Kacian, Allan Burns and Philip Rowland (WW Norton, 2013); A Vast Sky: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku, edited by Bruce Ross, Koko Kato, Dietmar Tauchner and Patricia Prime (Tancho Press, 2015); and Nest Feathers: Selected Haiku from the First 15 Years of The Heron's Nest, Managing Editor John Stevenson (2015). Gregory served as Secretary of the Australian Haiku Society from 2010 to 2014.

Awards and Other Honors: Gregory received a 2010 Touchstone Award for an Individual Poem from The Haiku Foundation and was awarded First Prize in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2011 International Haiku competition.

Books Published: Blowing Up Balloons: baby poems for parents, by Vanessa Proctor and Gregory Piko (Red Moon Press, 2017); Gregory was a featured poet in A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, edited by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts (Red Moon Press, 2011); Gregory was co-editor with Dawn Bruce of Wind Over Water, an anthology of haiku and tanka by delegates to the Fourth Haiku Pacific Rim Conference (2009).

Selected Work
a frond uncurls newborn fingers
if someone asks
say I’m still writing . . .
the narrowing road
I risk showing
a little more of myself
hibiscus bud
a crow at dusk—
ink sinks deeper
into the page
another summer
the butterfly, still safe
under his steel pin
cold tea
in the tea cup
no more to say

Credits: "a frond uncurls" - Paper Wasp 10:4 (2004); "I risk showing" - Bottle Rockets #20 (2009); A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, (Red Moon Press, 2011); "another summer" - Modern Haiku 37:2 (2006); "if someone asks" - Modern Haiku 41.1 (2010); A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, (Red Moon Press, 2011); "a crow at dusk" - The Heron’s Nest XII:1 (2010); Touchstone Awards 2010 for Individual Poems (The Haiku Foundation, 2011); "cold tea" – The Heron’s Nest XII:1 (2010); Big Sky: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2006 (Red Moon Press 2007).

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