Vale Stuart Quine, 1962-2020

Sad news has been received that Stuart Quine, the English haiku poet, died on March 24 from the Covid-19 virus. A former associate editor of Presence haiku journal (he rejoined for a time after the unexpected death of his friend Martin Lucas), Stuart had one of his poems added to the Katikati Haiku Pathway collection last year and kindly agreed to having the one-liner engraved as three lines to fit the boulder. Stuart and Martin attended the 2009 Haiku Pacific Rim conference in Terrigal, NSW, Australia.

Well-known for his single-line haiku, Stuart began exploring that style in 1998, enjoying both their aesthetic appeal and the echo of Japanese haiku. Surprisingly, his two recent books, Sour Pickle (2018) containing 100 one-line haiku and Wild Rhubarb (2019) containing another 80, were his first collections. Read more hereRead a review of Sour Pickle.

Other fond memories and thoughts of Stuart by Matthew Paul can be read at this link.

A practitioner of Soto Zen Buddhism for more than 30 years Stuart regarded his haiku writing as a dao and was a member of the Red Thread Haiku Sangha.

white rice in a white bowl winter sunlight

– Stuart Quine, Presence 23