A Tribute to Stuart Quine

(1962 – 2020)

a blue and white whippet walking on the left shore of a tidal lagoon

new year’s day only the wind comes to my gate
Stuart Quine, Presence 14

a blue and white whippet walking beside a tidal lagoon with a pink ball

as real as any dream cherry blossom
Stuart Quine, Presence 51 (2014)

We were very sad to learn that Stuart Quine, a very gifted English haiku poet, has died of Covid-19. Our thoughts are with his family and friends and all who were close to him.

Stuart was a practitioner of Soto Zen Buddhism and wrote beautiful haiku. I didn’t know him personally, but admired his writings. His one-line-haiku, also known as monoku, especially resonated.

In honour of his life and his work, I am sharing three of his one-line-haiku with you today (previously published in Presence, a British independent haiku journal) that I especially love.

a sandbar and lagoon on the shores of the Moray Firth

alone on the shore finally the peace of nothing left to say
Stuart Quine, Presence 56 (2016)

Please stay safe and well.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #90: Distance

Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her two adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl.

36 thoughts on “A Tribute to Stuart Quine”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Deborah. ‘Presence’ is the name of the haiku journal in which these haiku appeared and the number is the issue number. I shall add a little note to make it more clear xxx

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  1. A beautiful tribute, Xenia. So sad is the world right now. Everyone tries to stay safe and well – but some beautiful souls are lost. All our love and strength to you β™₯β™₯β™₯

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Janice, his voice still feels alive in his poems and the third monoku especially seems to fit right into our landscape. I hope you and yours are safe and well πŸ’œ xxx

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