does not focus completely on haiku alone. He also has many works
of fiction, non-fiction and other forms of poetry. He has published
in over 125 different periodicals all over the world.
Some of haiku
of Her Shadows.
Battle Ground, IN: High/Coo Press, 1982.
Unseen: Selected Haiku of George Swede.
Decatur, IL: Brooks Books, 2000.
Toronto, Ontario: Three Trees Press, 1978.
to Eye With a Frog.
La Crosse, WI: Juniper Press, 1981.
Toronto, Ontario: Underwhich Editions, 1983.
Glen Burnie, MD: Wind Chimes, 1983.
Wire Spider: Poems for Children.
Toronto, Ontario: Three Trees Press, 1986.
Eat a Rose Petal.
Haiku Canada Sheet, 1987. Broadside.
Claire Pointe, Quebec: Kings Road Press, 1992.
Shadow Doing Something.
Enfield, CT: Tiny Poems Press, 1997.
Fredericton, N.B.: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1979.
Battle Ground, IN: High/Coo Press, 1980.
Bird: Poems for Children.
Toronto, Ontario: Three Trees Press, 1983.
is Flies: Poems for Children.
Toronto, Ontario: Three Trees Press, 1984.
La Crosse, WI: Juniper Press, 1979.
Guidelines for haiku:
his introductions, Swede made it abundantly clear what he thinks
constitutes a good haiku. In the Global Haiku intro, he outlines
eight commonly used haiku guidelines, then eliminates a few to come
up with his five ultimate rules of good haiku.
haiku must be brief: one breath long
2. haiku must express sense of awe or insight
3. haiku must involve some aspect of nature other than human nature
4. haiku must possess sense images, not generalizations
5. haiku must present an event as happening presently, not past
long as the haiku gives the reader short yet sensual images, a haiku
can be effective.
Response E-mail Interview Notes
a chance to interview George Swede via email, and learned that not
only is his work interesting, but he is a very interesting man as
well. I asked him if he had a favorite haiku from his collections.
He stated that he tried to never llok back, bu t only forward. Always
looking for new inspirations and taking note of feelings that are
presently felt, George Swede rarely has time to consider the massive
amounts of poetry and especially haiku that he has composed. He
does however admit that on occasion he recalls a certain haiku,
but they are however, a poetic memory.
that one of the most interesting points that I discussed with Mr.
Swede was that of forcing ideas. I asked him if every haiku that
he composed was from inspiration or if, on the occasion that he
forced an idea from a given stimulus. He shared that most of his
haiku arise from a "state of rediness for poetic composition".
He went on to further explain that this readiness was a result of
years of composition and experiences. He also tells that on the
occasion, he has set down with a pencil and a blank piece of paper
to write even when he did not "feel" like writing, though
he goes on that the mood to write will soon take over. He continued
by explaining that the readiness to write does not always arrive
at the most opportune times (when one is alone just writing). It
can overtake while walking down a street, driving, every day rountines,
etc. He finishes this fascinating conversation by advising that,
"one should always have writing materials in ones possession."
conversing with Mr. Swede as well as reading some of his works,
I feel that I have a greater sense of my own writings and a higher
level of awareness of what I am writing and the universal themes
that can be found within.