Cor van den HEUVEL


Cor van den Heuvel, born and brought up in New England, has been writing haiku since he first discovered the genre in 1958 in San Francisco, where he heard Gary Snyder mention it at a poetry reading in North Beach. Early the following year he was back on the east coast writing haiku in a small cottage in Maine. The fall of that year he moved to Boston where he worked as the house poet in Beat coffee houses?reading haiku and other poetry with jazz accompaniment.

By the winter of 1960-61 he was part of the poetry-reading scene at the Tenth Street Coffee House in New York City. In 1971 he joined the Haiku Society of America, becoming its president in 1978. The Society has given him three Merit Book Awards for his haiku. He has published ten chapbooks?the most recent is a book of baseball haiku called Play Ball (Red Moon Press, 1999). He is also the editor of The Haiku Anthology, now in its third edition.

Van den Heuvel was the United State's representative to the 1990 International Haiku Symposium in Matsuyama. At the World Haiku Festival held in London and Oxford in 2000, he received a World Haiku Achievement Award. In 2002, he was awarded The Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Prize in Matsuyama.

Five Favorite Haiku by Himself

summer afternoon
the long fly ball to center field
takes its time

a tidepool
in a clam shell
the evening sunlight

the sun goes down
my shovel strikes a spark
from the dark earth

November evening
the wind from a passing truck
ripples a roadside puddle

deep snow
the amusement park lit
by a single bulb

>HAIKU Selected (Cor van den HEUVEL)