it’s time for me to tell you about Ed Markowski. I think I’ve been procrastinating
so much with this introduction, because there’s just too many things I want to
say about Ed’s work. For example:
I can’t believe that no publisher has yet put together a full-length
volume of the work of this accomplished and prolific haijin.
I’m touched by Ed’s ability to present the joys and dignity of
blue-collar life, and the romance found in the mundane
moments of married life.
In addition to sharing samples from the body of fine 3-line haiku
that Ed has penned, I want to expose visitors to this site to his
“non-traditional” spacing and lineation. They demonstrate how
the haiku spirit can dwell in shapes that are far different than our
grammar school notions of 5 – 7- 5. [see yesterday’s examples]
I can’t say if Erin Harte knew Issue 10 of her Haiku Sun e-zine would be its
last, but I know she chose well in dedicating the entire issue to the work of
Ed Markowski. Her explanation for the choice is one we can echo:
“In celebration of the new year, Haiku Sun is proud to feature the
Asian inspired poetry of Ed Markowski. Regular readers will be
familiar with Ed’s work. We can think of no better way to ring in
2004 than with an issue solely dedicated to this talented poet/ haijin
and his work. His ability to “push the envelope” of conventional Asian
form while staying true to its essence is what Haiku Sun is all about!
Enjoy Ed’s haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun and, as always, a few surprises.”
As usual, I’ve said too much. Get to know Ed Markowski from his haiku.
You’ll be glad you did (even if you have to tilt your head a little).
no one out…..
blows a bubble
lifting her spoon…
parting her lips…
a sudden shift
in my appetite
panties stillangry?atoppositeendsoftheclothesline boxers
– the above are from Sun Haiku (Issue X, Jan. 2004)
summer loneliness . . .
dropping the pop up
i toss to myself
(from the pinch-book pop up
tribe press, 2004)
(from roadrunner, V:1)
Quick Bio: Ed Markowski lives and writes in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and
is a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan (can you feel his pain?), as well as a loving
husband, father and grandfather. Click here to share his love of baseball.
When Prof. Bainbridge complained last weekend about excessive
government regulation in California (concerning supposed “dangers” from wild
mushrooms), Prof. Yabut said to himself, “Yeah, but, I bet Steve would
feel differently about wine-related consumer protection.” Well, looks
like Prof. B. is indeed no libertarian when it comes to Wine Labels.
Are consumers really going to mistake wine from “two buck rip-off artists”
for the highclass Napa Valley wines whose honor Steve wants to uphold?
And, is Parma, Italy, right to be irked over American-made “parmesan” cheese?
[March 23, 2005: Check our comments section for a good debate — John Steele
thinks Prof. B. is being consistent; Your Editor replies. Please join in.]