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Scott Mason tells the story of how The Heron's Nest's new book came to be.
“I was fortunate to live in Japan for many years and to meet some of Japan’s top haiku poets . . .”
“My second collection was really a kind of therapy . . .”
“Last winter at this very time [around Christmas] I flew to Rochester, NY to see my mother . . .”
“. . . letterpress. Every letter pressed by human force into the fibers of paper. An ancient art. Not sure I’d do it again . . .”
“The book that I am proudest of though because it simply had to be written is And So It Was, poems for my father, 1998 . . .
“My desire was to write a haiku book that moved haiku from the limitation of poetry to the larger arena of literature . . .”
“A friend suggested the pocket-size, which afterwards seemed so obvious I wondered why I didn't think of it . . .”
“In Croatia we had our stubborn haiku master—the Japanologist, mathematician and academic, Vladimir Devidé—and his books could be borrowed from libraries . . .”
“It was springtime when I had just cut off a rose protruding from an adjacent garden iron gate and pinned it onto my chest . . .”
“I chose to leave the poems in chronological order. I felt this would be the most telling way to show how my poetry has changed over the years, as well as how I have changed . . .”
“Unimaginable events brought me from the Detroit Zoological Park’s Education Division to what would become the Kalamazoo Nature Center . . .”
“During that first summer in Burgundy 1974, one day I was out walking in the fields with some friends . . .”
“In winter of 2008 I rented a place in Montauk, the village at the tip of Long Island, so I could concentrate on the Spanish translations of my poems . . .”
“You think you’ll have to give up this old book-making habit . . .”
“I've never picked up my first book without being reminded of Bob [Spiess] and the wisdom he shared not only about haiku, but Buddhist enlightenment, healing practices, and . . .”
“Not a lot happened in our suburban street in Kent, about 8 miles east of London, in the early days of World War II.”
“Publishing was where I got my strokes. So, why not with haiku?”