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The HSA web site features short profiles of members.

Lenard D. Moore

Tanya McDonald

Dan Schwerin

Chase Gagnon

Catherine J. S. Lee

Nicholas M. Sola

Billie Wilson

Marylouise Knight

Michael Henry


Meet HSA Member - Michael Henry

Catherine J. S. Lee

Meet Michael Henry

September - October 2015 profile by
Terri L. French

Michael Henry Lee lives in the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine Florida, with Sarah, his loving wife of over thirty years, a wonderful rescue cat named Bob, and numerous bonsai trees. His interest in haiku was spawned back in a mid-western grade school at a time when most Americans understood haiku to be a Japanese style poem, three lines long, with a strict adherence to a 5/7/5 English language syllable count.
After scholastic publication in grade school, high school, and college, a seed had taken root. Lee continued writing off and on, but it wasn’t until some fifty years later that a co-worker inspired him to take a much more disciplined approach to his writing.

“About six years ago I began to immerse myself in haiku. The Internet is a vast reservoir of publications, forums, and interactive opportunities capable of growing your appreciation, and creative skills. I began a voracious consumption of haiku and essays related to the genre, writing daily on what I saw and felt — the natural world, politics, just about anything. For me haiku is a distillation of images, emotions, and words. Producing a good poem requires a stillness of mind and a keen awareness of the world, our relationship to it, and to each other. I suppose for me, good haiku poems paint pictures; great ones paint emotions. That would be my goal: painting emotions with invisible paint.”
Samples of Michael Henry’s haiku include these two, which both received commendations from the Haiku Now Awards, 2014.
hearing the ocean
in a paper cup

storm surge
the river goes
where the river will

summer shower
a little steam rises
from the pitcher plant

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