February 1, 1934 - June 4, 2018
Ambassador Kai (Kaj) Falkman, distinguished Swedish diplomat and poet, founded the Swedish Haiku Society in 1999 and served as its president.
Books Published: Some of his books include: A String Untouched, Dag Hammarskjöld's Life in Haiku and Photography (Red Moon Press, 2005); Robot and Meaning [philosophy, published in Japan as Roboto to Imi] (Maidstone, Kent, England: Bachman & Turner, 1982), The Face of Japan; Turkey - the Frontier Prince; April Snow [editor, Swedish-Japanese haiku anthology, published in Japan as Shigatsu no Yuki] (2000); The Story of the Spring Rain [translator, Japanese haiku into Swedish] (1986); Seoto, The Sound of the Stream [translator, waka poems by Empress Michiko of Japan] (2008); Picasso and the Brain; The Words and the Mountain (novel); Understanding Haiku: A Pyramid of Meaning (Red Moon Press, 2002); To Speak for the World [editor: a collection of the speeches and statements of Dag Hammarskjold, United Nations secretary-general from 1953 to 1961); Snow Drops [Swedish haiku in English] (2009; Överraskningens poesi. Upplevelser av haiku (The poetry of surprise. Experiences of haiku), Atlantis (2012).
Credits: "Beyond the hangers" - Frogpond 27:1 (2004); "Seven roofs and a garden" - Ginyu 21 (January 20, 2004); :"In the evening sun" - Modern Haiku 35:2 (2004); "The skier stops" - Modern Haiku 38:3 (2007); "On collision course" - Haiku Troubadours 2000 (Ginyu Press, Japan, 2000); "Along the slalom slope" - D'un ciel a l'autre: Anthologie de haiku de l'Union Européenne (2006); big sky: The Red Moon Anthology of English-language Haiku 2006 (Red Moon Press 2007); "Two white bellies" - Haiku Troubadours 2000 (Ginyu Press, Japan, 2000); "From the rock garden"; "The old woman's bent back" and "The sweet smell" - Ginyu 21 (January 20, 2004)