SWWVic member Janet Howie, a prizewinning writer of haiku, was recently awarded one of the two Grand Prizes for the 70th Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest held annually at the Basho Festival in Japan. For details, see http://www.basho-bp.jp/en/?p=77.
Basho, 1644-1694, was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan and he helped establish haiku as a poetic form. Recognized for his works in his lifetime, today he continues to be recognized as the greatest master of haiku.
For details of his life, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsuo_Bash%C5%8D.
Janet Howie’s prizewinning haiku:
between two bridges-
stretched out on the river
the full moon
Submitted by Meryl Brown Tobin