unique and brilliant haiku of Nick Avis has gone slightly unnoticed
in the past. His distinctive style experiments with form and content
making it truly original.
Avis is possibly most famous for his romantic haiku focusing on
relationships, however the extent of his haiku is much greater.
He writes about nature, humans in nature and human nature. He writes
both haiku and senryu and much of his poetry focuses on form.
Avis writes many haiku which focus on elements in nature, similar
to traditional Japanese haiku. The beauty of his home in Newfoundland
is reflected in his vivid imagery. His haiku place the reader directly
in the moment.
she leaves nothing behind
the winter moon
is an example of one of Nick Aviss well-known romantic haiku.
Many of his haiku seem to focus on one particular woman in his life.
As portrayed in his work, their relationship had many ups and downs.
He writes about his love for her and their hardships. This haiku
demonstrates their complex relationship. She has clearly left before
and this time she takes all her belongings. The coldness and sharpness
of the winter moon shows the finality and frigidness of her departure.
the seabirds in the sky
the seabirds in the
see seabirds in the sky
see the birds in the sky
see the sea in
see the seabirds
Avis uses many variations in from. This haiku reflects his art and
creativity. Each line is a different image, all relating to the
sea, birds and sky. Some may not consider this poem a haiku because
of its length and many images. It does not follow the conventional
haiku rules, however Nick Aviss haiku are not conventional.
final haiku example demonstrates the extreme innovation and diversity
and of Nick Aviss work. He spells the word daffodil and shows
the image of a daffodil. Some may argue that this is also not a
haiku. However, it follows the rules of being a short poem with
a clear image.
I think Nick Aviss work is a great contribution to the world