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D. Claire Gallagher

D. Claire Gallagher

December 7, 1941 - July 17, 2009

Born in Wisconsin, Donna Claire Gallagher moved to California and lived in Sunnyvale--25 years in the same home--with her husband Patrick Gallagher, also a haiku poet. She was a potter, educator, radio journalist, technical writer, and naturalist hike leader for a land preserve agency. She was also an accomplished haiku poet and a longtime editor of the haiku journal Mariposa. She was an active member of Haiku Poets of Northern California and the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society. She served as the Haiku Society of America's Regional Coordinator for Northern California. She also served as an editor for the Red Moon Anthology series. Peggy Willis Lyles wrote, "Claire Gallagher belongs among the myth makers, startling us with the significance of our surroundings and nudging us toward fresh perceptions and experiences. Her unique voice blends truthfulness, wit, vivid diction, and a rare vibration from mysteries just out of reach. . . . her haiku deliver necessary communication, nourishing intuition and empowering our humanity." The Haiku Poets of Northern California have included a tribute to Claire on their website at http://www.hpnc.org/d-claire-gallagher.  More examples of her work are included there as well.

Awards and Other Honors: Some of Claire's awards and other honors include: Second Place, Haiku Society of America's Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senryu (1998); First Place (tie), British Haiku Society Hackett Award Contest (1999); Third Place, National League of American Pen Women Poetry Contest (1999); Winner, the Virgil Hutton Chapbook Competition (2001); Second Place, San Francisco International Haiku Contest (2004); Two Runner-up Awards, The Haiku Calendar competition (Snapshot Press, 2005); First Place, Haiku Society of America's Harold G. Henderson Award for Haiku (2007); Second Place, San Francisco International Haiku Contest (2007); The Heron's Nest Award (2008). Her work was regularly selected to appear in the annual "best-of-the-year" anthologies published by Red Moon Press.

Books Published: How Fast the Ground Moves (Saki Press, 2001); the nether world (Red Moon Press, 2009); the closer we get (Postscript Series, Red Moon Press, 2010).

Selected Work
 
Indian summer—
threading new laces
in well-worn boots
 
nine-month belly—
she slowly unwraps
the heirloom crèche
 
 
 
Afternoon nap—
the bells of San Lorenzo
strike the heat
 
alpine air—
losing the few stars I know
to the skyful
 
 
 
we don’t go back in
after intermission—
the shooting stars
 
Clipping spent asters—
she zips the frayed anorak
he wore last autumn
 
 
 
A gusting breeze—
the comet wobbles
in my binoculars
 
new year—
yesterday’s crossword
unfinished
 
 
 
after love—
our silks tumble together
in the delicate cycle
 
the line
between sky and ocean—
I sign my name
 
 

Credits: "Indian summer" - Modern Haiku 34:2 (2003); the nether world (Red Moon Press, 2009); "Afternoon nap" - Frogpond 19:2 (1996); "we don’t go back in" - Black Bough 12 (1998); the closer we get: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2010); "A gusting breeze" – Honorable Mention, Gerald M. Brady Awards (1996); Frogpond 19:3 (1996); "after love" - Mariposa 15; the closer we get: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2010); "nine-month belly" – The Heron's Nest 4:2 (2002); The Heron's Nest Award (2002); pegging the wind: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2002 (Red Moon Press, 2001); the nether world (Red Moon Press, 2009); "alpine air" – The Heron's Nest 5:2 (2003) Shreve Memorial Library Electronic Poetry Network (February 13, 2003); the nether world (Red Moon Press, 2009); "Clipping spent asters" - Prizewinner, The British Haiku Society James W. Hackett International Award for Haiku (1997); Blithe Spirit 8:1 (1998); The New Haiku [Barlow and Lucas, eds.] (Snapshot Press); "new year" - Modern Haiku 33:2 (2002); "the line" - Frogpond 25:2 (2002).

Sources Biography: The Haiku Poets of Northern California and the Haiku Society of America websites. Appreciation to Charles Trumbull for assistance in gathering representative haiku and publication credits.

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