after you the toilet seat
endgrain, p. 21
in 1943 in England, Dee Evetts first began writing haiku in the
late 1960s/early 1970s. According to Evetts in an email interview,
his first attempts at haiku were focused on the ideals of traditional
haiku form, not senryu, and grew out of his studies in Zen Buddhism.
His first haiku was published in Haiku Magazine in 1970. Evetts
also worked in other forms of writing as a travel writer for the
Times of London and for the BBC.
the late 1980s, Evetts said he began to appreciate and cultivate
his work in senryu. His major influences in haiku writing included
George Swede, John Wills, and Cor van den Heuvel. In 1988, he published
his first collection of haiku and other poems entitled A Small Ceremony.
The following year, Evetts received acclaim from the World Haiku
Contest and the Haiku Society of America Henderson Contest for select
1990, Evetts co-founded the British Haiku Society. Ironically, he
moved to New York the same year and has lived there ever since.
While in New York, he started the Spring Street Haiku Group in 1991
and organized the Haiku on 42nd Street project in 1994, which displayed
the work of local haiku writers on movie theatre marquees. He also
became an active member of the Haiku Society of America, even serving
as vice president in 1993 and secretary in 1997.
his most famous collection, endgrain, was published in 1997
and received the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award in 1998.
Since then, he published Home After Dark in 2002. His work
has continued to consist primarily of senryu, as Evetts stated that
approximately seventy percent of his poems are senryu.
1992, Evetts married the artist Alyson Pou. His major form of income
is carpentry and cabinetmaking.
profile of haiku writer, Dee Evetts, was researched, written and
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co-founder of the British Haiku Society, Dee Evetts has achieved
recognition as writer of haiku and senryu in both the United States
and England. Using humor as an essential tool for reaching his readers,
Evetts senryu include emotional and psychological elements
that move the reader beyond the primary image to reveal essential
truths about human nature and feeling. Since his arrival on the
haiku scene, Evetts has published several collections of his haiku,
won numerous awards for his writing, and helped organize major haiku
movements in both Europe and America.
Haiku Contest in Yamagata, special prize. Awarded for:
through the window my family
Society of America Henderson Contest, second place. Awarded for:
on my vegetable patch
a new crop of stones
Haiku Society Senryu Contest, first place. Awarded for:
the waitress leaves behind
Society of America Merit Book Award, first place. Awarded for endgrain.