remembering Kat . . .

This week I, along with other members of the haiku community, learned of the sudden, unexpected death of Kat Creighton. Kat was a photographer as well as a poet, combining words and images to create the poetic form known as haiga; her work, which often focused on the landscape of the Jersey Shore that she knew and loved, was featured in online journals like haiga online and A Hundred Gourds during the past several years. (Click on links for examples; or visit Kirsten Cliff’s blog Swimming in Lines of Haiku to read the beautiful, collaborative tanka sequence the two of them wrote called “Uncharted Depths.”)

Like others who knew Kat only through the virtual world, I’ve found some of her poems particularly haunting in light of her recent passing. (The day before her death, for example, she posted a haiku about the “three quarter moon” and the impossibility of distinguishing “what is/from what isn’t”.) And, like others who knew Kat far better, I too will miss her voice, her vision, and her presence in this world. 

for Kat:

so many empty chairs
touched by moonlight

A Hundred Gourds 1:1, December 2011


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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6 Responses to remembering Kat . . .

  1. …a sincere and heart felt tribute…

  2. What a beautiful tribute!


  3. a walk in haiku says:

    A lovely tribute. I wrote something in memory of her too, inspired by her tanka sequence with Kirsten Cliff.

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