We had news today of the passing of James W. Hackett in Hawaii.
He has long been one of the titans of English language haiku
and this is sad, sad news.
This picture was taken at Haiku North America 1991 when he sat at the speaker's table,
after one of his superb presentations
The baleful glare is probably directed at me; it looks like I had
not yet learned to cancel the flash when taking a portrait.
(See the hard shadow behind his head.)
Most modern cameras almost never really need the flash.
Try turning yours off. jhh
a bitter morning
sparrows sitting together
without any necks
James O. Hackett
Winner of the top prize in the Japan Airlines Contest 1964