Great Spotted Woodpecker

Tapping Woodpeckers

Great Spotted Woodpecker

But for a woodpecker
tapping at a post, no sound
at all in the house

kitsutsuki no
hashira wo tataku
sumai kana

(from pg. 153, "The Essential Basho", translations by Sam Hamill, Shambhala Productions, 1998. ISBN: 1-57062-282-5)


Victor P. Gendrano: A Haijin Profile

I am a member of the Tapping Woodpeckers team. Born and raised in the Philippines, I relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1971 where I worked as librarian with the LA County Public Library. I am now retired and live in Carson, a suburb of Los Angeles, with Lucy, my wife of 44 years who is a retired school teacher.

I have been writing poems since high school in both English and Tagalog, a Philippine language. I edited and published Heritage magazine, an English-language quarterly of Filipino culture, arts and letters & the Filipino American experience from 1987 to 1999. I stopped publishing the magazine due to the health condition of my wife. Heritage became the outlet of my literary endeavors and there I wrote a column on haiku and senryu and published my non-haiku poems.

I started late in writing haiku, only the latter part of 1997 after a Japanese magazine featured me and Heritage in one of their issues. I am a member of Haiku Society of America and World Haiku Club. My works are published in World Haiku Review, and in other ezines such as Haijinx, Haiku Cycle, Catholic Planet, and Our Own Voice. I have poems in two separate anthologies and recently in CD with the book A time of trial: Beyond the terror of 9/11 published by Hidden Book Press in 2001.

After I closed my Earthlink website in 1999, I have been transferring my poems to the following Internet site: http://www.geocities.com/vgendrano/index.html

a flower blooms
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