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Philomene Kocher

Philomene Kocher

Born: in Wiarton Ontario, Canada
Resides: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
E-mail: pkocher24 (at) gmail (dot) com

Philomene Kocher began writing haiku in 1991, and her work has been published in Canada, the United States and Japan. For 12 years (1998-2010) she served as Secretary for Haiku Canada. In 2008, she completed her Master of Education studies exploring haiku as a way of connection with persons with dementia. She enjoys sharing her haiku in the community: at a local tea store, on a neighborhood sidewalk chalkboard, and as part of a theatre production. After 30 years, she is still astonished by the magic of haiku.

Books Published:

still: new, selected & collaborative haiku (Ekstasis Editions, 2022); Singing in the Silo [haiku, tanka, and haibun] (catkin press, 2014.


Selected Work
family visit
resetting the porch stones
with new cement
distant barking
between me and the stars
rose hips and roses and buds
on the same bush
August evening
a hard frost
the sound of leaves
falling from the gingko
full moon
the sidewalk curves
around tree roots
snow on each strand 
of the wire fence


"family visit" - still (Ekstasis Editions, 2022); "rose hips and roses and buds" - Frogpond XXIV:1 (2001); "full moon" - The Heron’s Nest IV:9 (2002); "distant barking" - Canada Members Anthology (2014); "a hard frost" - Haiku Canada Members Anthology (2008); "dawn " - Carpe diem: Anthologie canadienne du haïku / Canadian anthology of haiku (2008).

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