Ion Codrescu

Ion Codrescu has taught graphic arts, art history, comparative art, and contemporary art at Ovidius University in Constanţa, Romania. In 1992 he founded the Constanţa Haiku Society and the Albatross haiku journal, which he published as its editor for a decade. In 1992 and 1994 he organized the Constanţa International Haiku Festival. From 2004 to 2007 he edited and published the international haiku journal Hermitage. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in visual arts from the National University of Arts in Bucharest with a thesis on Image and Text in Japanese and Western Haiga Painting. He is the author of sixteen books of poetry, haiga, and essays published in France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Slovenia, the United States, Germany, and Japan. His literary creation has won numerous awards in Great Britain, Japan, United States, Romania, France, Bulgaria, and Serbia and Montenegro. As an artist, he has illustrated more than 125 books, magazines, and newspapers. He has made more than 50 exhibitions all over the world. His paintings are housed in private and state collections in many countries including Setagaya Art Museum, Gunma Prefectural Museum, Hikaru Museum, Aichi University Museum in Toyohashi (all Japan), and the Union College Collections (United States). See examples of Ion Codrescu’s haiga at these sites: Union College and The Haiku Foundation.

                                house for sale
                                the apricot tree in bloom
                                as never before

                                                                                                parting time—
                                                                                                the host offers the guest
                                                                                                some dewy plums

                                July night—
                                the cat comes again
                                to smell the new suitcase

                                                                                                a chrysanthemum lights
                                                                                                the darkened garden
                                                                                                all alone

                                strong wind—
                                in the mosquito net
                                dill seeds