Cyril Childs 1941-2012

From the Haiku NZ website, edited by Sandra Simpson, comes the sad news that Cyril Childs passed away on January 27, 2012 less than three months after being diagnosed with cancer.

80 haiku poets who attended the presentation of papers at the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference at Terrigal, NSW, Australia, in September 2009, were privileged to hear a presentation by Cyril titled "Haiku 45 South" in which he gave a brief history of the genre in New Zealand and showcased poems by a number of highly regarded New Zealand poets.

The biographical note provided by Cyril for Wind Over Water : an anthology of haiku and tanka by delegates of the Fourth Haiku Pacific Rim Conference edited by Dawn Bruce and Greg Piko, reads:

'Cyril Childs became intrigued with haiku while in Matsuyama for ten months 1989-90. Intrigue soon led to enthusiasm and passion. Cyril edited the 1993 and 1998 New Zealand haiku anthologies; co-edited (with Joanna Preston) a 2002 anthology of haiku and haibun by Christchurch writers; and has judged several haiku competitions.'

His own poems, chosen by Cyril, for inclusion in the Wind Over Water anthology are:

no name
for its colour
tea-table rose

full white moon
touching . . . not touching
the top of the hill

amidst mountains
she pauses to admire

(These poems were first published in Modern Haiku XXV:1; Frogpond XVI:2; Frogpond XXIII:1, respectively)
It was my personal pleasure and privilege to meet Cyril childs at Haiku Aotearoa 2008; and at 4HPR 2009.
Condolences to Christine and to each of Cyril's family and friends.

Beverley George
Convenor: 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference September 2009
President: Australian Haiku Society 2006-2010

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