The Haiku Foundation honors the work of contemporary masters of the dual art of haiga: visual image wedded to haiku. This month’s featured artist is Barbara Robinette.
Barbara is a college drop-out who, after retirement from a university, has read, written and published many free verse poems. In 2017, because she had no more words to say in free verse, she decided to learn watercolor painting. In 2019 she wanted to put words to the paintings, so began studying haiku. Initially, she thought haiku were 3 lines of 5-7-5 syllables about anything but has since realized the fascinating possibilities of ELH. She thinks reading a good haiku/haiga is a trip to the park on a sunny Saturday morning. Daily Haiga, Quill & Parchment, failed haiku, Modern Haiku, Highland Park Poetry, Frogpond and others have published her haiku/haiga.