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William M. Ramsey

William M. Ramsey

Born: September 18 1945 in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, USA
Resides: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
E-mail: wilramsey1894 (at) gmail (dot) com

Attended Bates College (Maine) and University of North Carolina. Now retired, taught English in South Carolina. Other poetry has appeared in Chiron Review, Christian Century, Commonweal, Cumberland Poetry Review, Exquisite Corpse, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, and others.

Awards and Other Honors: Honorable Mention (haiku), Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for This Wine (Deep North Press, 2002); First Place (haibun), Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for Ascend with Care (Leap Press, 2003); First Place, still Haiku Competition (spring 1998) for "the dead boy" [published in still 2:2 (1998)]; some best-of-issue and runner-up awards for haiku and haibun.

Books Published: This Wine [haiku] (Deep North Press, 2002); Ascend with Care [haibun] (Leap Press, 2003); More Wine [haiku] (Red Moon Press, 2010).

Selected Work
 
the dead boy
on a Rwandan road
as i eat shrimp
 
   confronting the dark
a firefly
   illumines its guts
 
 
 
the wheat field
walking into it
i shrink
 
   veering out of fog
into fog
   a gull’s life
 
 
 
slave cemetery
i scrape the moss to find
no name
 
    harvest moon
my ashes
   still wrapped in flesh
 
 

Credits: "the dead boy" - First Place, still Haiku Competition (spring 1998); still 2.2 (1998); "the wheat field" - Heron Quarterly 2.3 (1998); "slave cemetery" - South by Southeast 3.1 (1996); "confronting the dark" - South by Southeast 16.3 (2000); "veering out of fog" - Presence 39 (2009); "harvest moon" - South by Southeast 6.2 (1999).

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