Remembering Haiku Elvis (Carlos Colón)

Haiku poet and extraordinary mentor, Carlos Colón, passed away on October 30, 2016. I offer my condolences for the loss of Carlos to his family and friends. The haiku community with be less vibrant without his presence. I only knew Carlos through editorial exchanges with Under the Basho 2016, but he was a patient and dedicated editor, and he will be sorely missed.

The Haiku Foundation offered this message to the haiku community about Carlos’ passing on Thursday, November 3rd. Also, on The Haiku Foundation website, Carlos Colón’s book “Mountain Climbing” (1993) is available as a PDF for free—I encourage everyone to examine this highly anthologized poet—a specialist of concrete poetry and the humorous verse.

Carlos was the editor for the Concrete Haiku category of Under the Basho 2016, and you can read my poems Carlos accepted here. I feel privileged to have had Carlos work with me on the first poem, “long division”, where he offered significant guidance. I am forever grateful I had this opportunity to correspond with him, however briefly. Carlos was dedicated to his craft and to teaching others the way of haiku. Thank you, Carlos.

As the webmaster of UtB2016, Hansha Teki, said of Carlos, “He was one in more than 6 billion and I am still trying to adjust to his absence.”

—Tom Sacramona

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