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In Memorium:
Robert Spiess

This issue of The Heron's Nest is dedicated to the memory of Robert Spiess.

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Volume IV, Number 4: April, 2002.
Copyright © 2002. All rights reserved by the respective authors.

Editors' Choices • Commentary • Haiku Pages: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 • Index of Poets


In Memory of Robert Spiess
October 16, 1921 – March 13, 2002

On Wednesday, March 13, 2002, a great man passed away.

      the field's evening fog–
              quietly the hound comes
                      to fetch me home

                                            Bob Spiess
Cottage of the Wild Plum
Modern Haiku Press, 1991

We at The Heron's Nest send our condolences to Bob Spiess's family and his many friends. We also wish to express profound gratitude for the outstanding contribution Bob made to the world community of haiku poets. We shall remember him as a kind man, a mentor, and a friend. Bob dedicated his life to the study and enjoyment of haiku. While doing so, he provided us poets with Modern Haiku, for which he was the Editor-in-Chief for twenty-five years. Modern Haiku is at once a splendid place to share our insightful moments, and an outstanding resource through which to educate ourselves. The value of Bob's nurturing influence is incalculable. We shall miss him more than words can express, yet we are blessed–his legacy will be with us for many, many years to come.

Christopher Herold


Editors' Tribute

      water lapping
      at the path's end . . .
      murmur of moorhens
                                            Ferris Gilli
Modern Haiku: Vol. XXIX:2, 1998

      paddle at rest
      beads of water slide
      from the loon's bill
                                            Paul MacNeil
Modern Haiku: Vol. XXX:2, 1999

      a sudden gust–
      everything vanishes
      except the water
                                            Christopher Herold
Modern Haiku: Vol. XXVII:2, 1996


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