Paul O. Williams
1935 — June 2, 2009
– professor emeritus of English (Principia College)
– Haiku, senryū, and tanka poet
– Award-winning author of nine science fiction books
– President of the Haiku Society of America (1999)
– Vice-President of the Tanka Society of America (2000)
– Board Member, American Haiku Archives
Paul was the author of a number of haiku collections including The Edge of the Woods: 55 Haiku (1968), Tracks on the River (1982), Growing in the Rain (1991), and Outside Robins Sing: Selected Haiku (Brooks Books 1999).
Perhaps his most remembered work though is a collection of his essays on haiku aesthetics, which also contains a selection of his haiku and senryū, published by Press Here in 2001, The Nick of Time: Essays on Haiku Aesthetics. It was the winner of the Haiku Society of America’s 2003 Merit Award for Best Criticism. A review of it by John Stevenson that appeared in Modern Haiku can be found here.
A page devoted to Paul on Wikipedia can be found here.
There is a small sampling of his haiku on Terebess Asia Online.
An announcement of his passing, and a warm tribute, can be found here on Blogging Along the Tobacco Road by Curtis Dunlap. On the same blog, in March of 2008, Paul participated in the “Three Questions” series.
Another tribute to Paul, with a collection of his Shiki Monthly Kukai entries, and a note from his wife, KerryLynn Blau, can be found at Haikuworld: Remembering Paul O. Williams.
A selection of three haiku by Paul O. Williams:
looking at the air
where the bear passed
the stained-glass windows
deepen their fires —
the old garden fence
keeps the goldenrod
from the goldenrod