Nick Virgilio Haiku Association
Welcome to the website of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association!
We are a group of poets, fans and friends dedicated to reading, writing and teaching haiku -- and especially to enhancing the legacy of Camden-born, internationally-renowned poet Nick Virgilio. We invite you to join us. Help us teach haiku in the schools.
H appy to
A ssist and
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(the art of) HAIKU
Congratulatons to the winners of the
In the News
Big Camden legacy for man of few words (Courier Post, May 12. 2016)
Remembering the Virgilio Brothers
Tribute to Nick by Raffael DeGruttola
My name is Raffael DeGruttola. I was Past President of the Haiku Society of America. Today we have something like 16 haiku groups across the United States and there is an understanding that this form of poem is now appreciated throughout the United States.
One of its great, great poets who is comparable to the great Japanese poets, Basho, Buson and Issa is Nick Virgilio. Nick, from Camden, New Jersey, started writing haiku back in the early sixties. His famous haiku:
is a classic of the beauty of this form of poem that resonates and will resonate.
Nick Virgilio is comparable to these great Japanese poets and slowly his name is being remembered by some of the great poets, not only haiku poets but regular poets who see the kind of feeling he was able to get in this short poem, that elegiac feeling. We have very few poets that work with the elegiac feeling. Walt Whitman, of course, was great and Nick is buried in this Harleigh Cemetery where Walt Whitman’s tomb exists . So that we do have now, in the United States, an example of one of the great American haiku poets — and that’s Nick Virgilio.