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KYOTO GARDENS:
Haiga Renga by Alexis Rotella and Denis M. Garrison
Photographs by Alexis Rotella

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Denis lives near the Chesapeake Bay with his wife, Deborah. In the 1970's he edited Towson University’s literary magazine and taught creative writing for Johns Hopkins University’s Free University. A poet who writes in wide-ranging styles and the inventor of three new forms—cinqku, crystalline and nautilus, he is widely published as both writer and editor: His poetry has appeared in Poetry Scotland, Ribbons, Tangled Hair, Nightingale, Eucalypt, Simply Haiku, Moonset, Wisteria, Roadrunner, Trilopia, Verse Libre Quarterly, Stirring, and World Haiku Review among others, while his book credits include Eight Shades of Blue, Hidden River, and Sailor in the Rain and Other Poems. He has edited Haiku Harvest, Ku Nouveau, Haiku Noir, Templar Phoenix, Haiku Cycles, Gunpowder River Poetry, Amaze: The Cinquain Journal and Loch Raven Review. As Editor and publisher of Modern English Tanka Press, he is also the editor and publisher of Modern Haiga (http://www.modernhaiga.com). A collection of his haiga, including other collaborative works with Alexis, may be found there and at Ink Sweat & Tears. Other haiga with Angelee Deodhar accompany an interview at Short Stuff (vol.I, # 3, July 2002).

Alexis is an interfaith minister, hypnotherapist, spiritual healer, licensed acupuncturist and certified nutritional consultant as well as an award-winning poet whose published credits include haiku, senryu, tanka and renga. Informed by her professional interests, her writing has an internal, personal depth that speaks to the universality of human emotions. She is among the authors who have been treated by the Milliken University haiku project (www.millikin.edu/haiku). A number of her haiku may be found online at Terebess Asia (www.terebess.hu/english/usa/rotella.html), while her senryu were featured in the Autumn 2005 Simply Haiku. She has explored the use of fiction in haiku, and is the inventor of the colorenga, a linked form that, as the name implies, uses poetry to explore color. In addition to photography, her interests extend to visual art—drawing, printmaking, collage and altered books. A portfolio of her monoprints is featured in the experimental section of our current issue.

haiga compiled by
Linda Papanicolaou