Matsuki (Sérgio Francisco Pichorim)
Born: April 23 1965 in Paraná, Brazil
Resides: São José dos Pinhais, Paraná, Brazil
E-mail: pichorim (at) utfpr (dot) edu (dot) br
Sérgio Francisco Pichorim, also known as Matsuki (a haigo that means "tree of pine" in Japanese), believes that haiku is not only Japanese poems. Matsuki argues that haiku is a Michi (or Do), i.e. a track or a path, a way of seeing (of feeling) the nature, a way of living the life. Haiku has the power of approaching adults and children to nature, teaching them the true art of respect and reverence. Pichorim lives the haiku world for more than 15 years.
Awards and Other Honors: First Place in Haiku Contest of 14th Meeting of the Brazilian Haiku Unicamp (2002); First Place in Haiku Contest of 15th Meeting of the Brazilian Haiku Unicamp (2003); Literary Award for Poetry, Canon, Scorcecci (2008); Haiku Contest Masuda Goga, Nikkei Bungaku Brazil (2011); Bunkyo Literary Award, Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture, Sao Paulo (2012); Literary Contest Yoshio Takemoto, Nikkei Bungaku, São Paulo, 2012; VI Haiku Contest of Santos-SP (2013); First Place in Story Contest and Poetry contest (2011 and 2013).
Books Published: A Lämpada e as Estrelas [haiku anthology], José Marins [org] (Araucária Cultural, 2012); Luar de Abril [haiku] (Araucária Cultural, 2011); Haikais [anthology] (Museu da UFRGS, 2007); Che Paraná Porã [haiku] (Araucária Cultural, 2006); Pinha, Pinhão, Pinheiro [renga] (Araucária Cultural, 2004); Bem-Te-Vi [haiku] (private edition, 2003).
Credits: [All haiku were written in Portuguese and translated into English by the poet.] "Petals of cherry" - Spring haiku, Yahoo Groups (HAIKAI-L, 2002); "Windy day" - File nuvens.gif, site (E-HAICAI, 2007); "At sea, the boatman" - Haicai Brasileiro Journal (December 24, 2002); "A firefly is" - File vagalume.gif, site (E-HAICAI, 2010); "A freezing morning" - Winter workshop, Yahoo Groups (HAIKAI-L, 2002); "Winter reclusion" - Luar de Abril [haiku] (Araucária Cultural, 2011).