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Ion Codrescu

Ion Codrescu

Born: December 16 1951 in Cobadin Romania
Resides: Constantza, Romania
E-mail: codrescuion (at) gmail (dot) com

Poet and artist. PhD, Visual Arts, Bucharest National University of Arts, 2007. Author of thirteen haiku books published in Romania, Great Britain, Slovenia, France, and Netherlands. As an artist he has illustrated more than one hundred books. His graphic works are in private and state collections in many countries. One of his latest collections, Haïga - Peindre en poésie [Haiga – Painting in Poetry], is viewable on YouTube at Livre Haiga [].

Awards and Other Honors: Tokyo Museum of Haiku Literature, This is Yomiuri, Itoen New Haiku Contest, Bashō International Haiku Contest, Constantza Haiku Society Award, Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award and Grand Prize for Renku, Croatian Haiku Society Award for the Best Book, Mainichi Daily News, International Congress on Arts and Communication, Oxford, Niš International Poetry Competition, Nagoya City Prize for Haiku, the Kokushikan University Medal, International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, Orion Prize, Novi Sad University – YU’98 Award, Prize of the Romanian Writers’ Association – Dobrogea Branch, World Haiku Festival London-Oxford – Prize for Essay, Nobuyuki Yuasa International English Haibun Contest, Haiku International Association Special Prize, Bulgarian Haiku Club and Radio Bulgaria, Kikakuza International Haibun Contest.

Books Published: Desene printre haiku / Drawings among Haiku (Muntenia Press, Romania, 1992); Constanţa – Anthologie de haiku / Constantza Haiku Anthology (Muntenia Press, Romania, 1992); L’abricotier change de visage (Editions Voix d’Encre, France, 1994); Ocolind iazul – Antologie / Round the Pond – An Anthology (Muntenia Press, Romania, 1994); Unsold Flowers / Flori nevândute (Hub Editions, Great Britain, 1995); Oaspete străin / A Foreign Guest, Ex Ponto Press, Romania, 1999); Mountain Voices / Vocile muntelui, Ami-Net International Press, Great Britain, 2000); Kaplice rose (Drustvo Apokalipsa, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2000); Haiku-Haiga. Activităţi creative pentru elevi/ Haiku-Haiga. Creative Activities for Students (Ex Ponto Press, Romania, 2004); Imagine şi text în haiga / Image and Text in Haiga (Herald Press, Romania,  2008); Waiting in Silence / Wachten in stilte, ’t schrijverke (Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 2009); Haigas (Editions of the French Haiku Association, 2011) Haïga, Peindre en poésie [Haiga – Painting in Poetry] (Editions of the Francophone Association of Haiku , 2012).

Selected Work
Easter evening – 
the old woman gathers
her unsold flowers
a chrysanthemum lights
the darkened garden
all alone
wedding anniversary –
a moth visits
the brightest candle
bed time
I leave the Milky Way
to the crickets
each drop of the icicle
takes with it
the moonlight
unfolding a dry leaf
I find a few dewdrops
hidden inside

Credits: "Easter evening" - Unsold Flowers (Hub Editions, England, 1995); "wedding anniversary" - Waiting in Silence (’t schrijverke, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 2009); "each drop of the icicle" - Haiku Troubadours (Ginyu Press, Japan, 2000); "a chrysanthemum lights" - Drawings among Haiku (Muntenia Press, Romania, 1992); "bed time" - Mountain Voices / Vocile muntelui (Ami-Net International Press, Great Britain, 2000): "unfolding a dry leaf" - Mountain Voices / Vocile muntelui (Ami-Net International Press, Great Britain, 2000).

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