Singed Leaves

Overview

Marshall Hryciuk began writing poetry in his home town of Hamilton, Ontario and continued to write while working on his BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto (1975). After publication of his poetry in Acta Victoriana while he was still at University, his first book, fine wing, which included twenty-two haiku, appeared in 1978. Long active in Haiku Canada, he served for three years as its secretary-treasurer and was one of the organizers of the Harbourfront International Haiku Festival in 1980. In 1982 he helped found and continues to co-edit Inkstone, which has become the foremost magazine in North America devoted exclusively to haiku. A frequent purveyor of small press magazines and books to Toronto bookstores in the early eighties, he inaugurated his own press, Neitzshe’s Brolly (1985) and continues to be a stalwart of Toronto’s poetry underground.

Hryciuk’s haiku have been anthologized in The Canadian Haiku Anthology (Toronto: Three Trees Press, 1980), Haiku: Anthologie canadienne/ Canadian Anthology (Sherbrooke: Editions Asticou, 1985) and Milkweed: a gathering of haiku (Toronto: Neitzsche’s Brolly, 1987). Other, longer poems were included in Tributaries (Oakville: Valley Editions/Mosaic Press, 1978) and Arrivals: New Canadian Writing (New York: Greenfield Review Press, 1986). His poems have appeared in more than twenty-five periodicals in Canada and the United States over the past fifteen years.

Singed Leaves, a book of 81 haiku, is Marshall Hryciuk’s sixth book of poetry and his third of haiku. In the Introduction he describes his very personal approach to the historically Japanese Poetic genre, haiku.

About the Author

Marshall Hryciuk

Posted by Sarah on December 6, 2014
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Marshall Hryciuk

Marshall Hryciuk began writing poetry in his home town of Hamilton, Ontario, and continued to write while working on his BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He served for three years as its secretary-treasurer and was one of the organizers of the Harbourfront International Haiku Festival in 1980.