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Tony Quagliano

Tony Quagliano

1941 - May 31, 2007

Tony Quagliano—poet, essayist, literary critic, jazz writer, editor, and Professor of American Studies at Japan American Institute for Management Science and the University of Hawaii—was born in Brooklyn but spent most of his life in Honolulu. He was widely published in magazines and journals, large and small. He edited, among other things, KAIMANA—The Journal of the Hawaii Literary Arts Council. His haiku appeared in all the major haiku journals, and in 1997 he was one of six Americans chosen to select haiku that appear on the National Japanese American Memorial in Washington D.C.

Awards and Other Honors: The inaugural Pushcart Prize (1976); the Elliott Cades Award for Literature (1988); the Stefan Baciu Award in Literature for cutting-edge artistic quality, originality, creativity and inventiveness in a body of work (2000).

Books Published: Language Drawn and Quartered (Ghost Dance Press 1975); Fierce Meadows (Petronium Press, 1981); and Snail Mail Poems (Tinfish Network, 1998).

Selected Work
 
evening sun
in the bare hau tree
the pictograph for red
 
solstice
blinking on and off
a metronome
 
 
 
rain on Diamond Head
small ponds
in the lava flow
 
the night nurse
stays to talk
her blue mascara
 
 
 
still treescape
a truck backfires
87 birds change trees
 
I’m older than Basho
the fact I thought of it
shows I’ll never learn
 
 
 
white petals
of the tea shrub
stirred by the breeze
 
In Gauguin’s hut
his last picture
Breton snow
 
 
 
The night tide
rises
the moon
swells with light
 
witness
for peace
but who
has seen it
 
 

Credits: [in these or other versions] "evening sun" – Brussels Sprout 11:3 (Editors' Choice, 1994); Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008); "rain on Diamond Head" - Frogpond XIII:3 (1990); When Butterflies Come (Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, 1993); William J. Higginson, Haiku World (Kodansha International, 1996); Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008); "still treescape" - Frogpond XIII:3 (1990); Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008); "white petals" - Azami 3; Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008); "The night tide" - Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008); "solstice" - Brussels Sprout IX; Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008); "the night nurse" - Frogpond XI:3 (1998); Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008); "I'm older than Basho" - Mainichi Daily News (12 November 1994); Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008); "In Gaugin's hut" - Frogpond XI:1 (1988); William J. Higginson, Haiku Compass; William J. Higginson, Haiku World (Kodansha International, 1996); Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008); "witness" - Hummingbird VI:4 (1996); Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008).

Sources Biography: Laura Ruby; Pictographs (Red Moon Press postscripts series vol. 1, 2008).

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