Saša Važić （ササ・ヴァジック）in Serbia is a freelance journalist, astrologer, translator, writer of prose and poetry, essays, book reviews.
Važić kindly contributed her haiku to International Haiku New Year’s Festival 2011 by Akita International Haiku Network.
on the greeting card 賀状が
in the postman’s hand 郵便配達人の手に
a snowflake melts 雪片が溶ける
Važić is an author of over 1000 articles on various topics which appeared in newspapers and journals, Co-Owner, Co-Publisher and Co-Editor of Simply Haiku, member of the editorial board of Haiku Novine (Niš, Serbia), International Editor for moonset (Oregon, USA), and member of the World Haiku Club and the Haiku Oz (Australia),
Važić’s haiku have been included in over ten national and international haiku anthologies and in a number of national and international haiku magazines. They have been translated into English, Japanese, Chinese, Macedonian, Slovenian, Croatian, German, Czech, Bulgarian, Russian, Polish, Dutch, Norwegian, French, Italian, Hungarian, Romanian and Greek.
Važić is the recipient of a number of awards and commendations in contests held in her country, in Japan (Water, Lake and Sea; Suruga Baika; Basho Festival; Ito en; Mainichi), Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria, Canada, the USA, France and Romania.
light breeze . . . 軽いそよ風．．．
on this side of the window 窓のこちら側に
a stale silence よどんだ沈黙
(Ito en 2005, Japan, Judge’s award)
opening the door ドアを開ける
at night into a New Year 真夜中が新年へ
a gust of snowflakes 一陣の雪片が
(Basho Haiku Festival 2006, Japan, selected)
first snowflakes 初雪
on the windowpane – 窓枠に ―
darkness and my face やみと私の顔
(Still in the Stream 2006, Canada, HM)
strawberry fields . . . イチゴ畑．．．
the rumble of a train breaks 列車の音が壊す
(Basho Haiku Festival 2010, selected)
guests gone – お客さんが去る ―
silence meets me 静まり返る
in every room 各部屋が
(Yomiuri Shimbun, 2005, Japan)
father’s coffin – 父の棺 ―
a peony petal 牡丹の花びらが
(Modern Haiku, 2007)
cracked soil 砕かれた土
a day laborer bent 日雇い人夫がかがみ込んだ
over his shadow 自分の影に
(The Heron’s Nest, 2009)
winter evening 冬の夕
a voice greeting a neighbor 隣に挨拶する声
sounds like my own 自分の声のように聞こえる
(Simply Haiku, 2004)
going out to check 確かめるために外に出る
if my body exists – 自分の身体が存在するかどうか ―
a cold winter blast 寒い冬の突風
(Mainichi Daily News, 2008)
meadows meadows meadows and the sky, vast light blue no birds in sight nothing above our heads my brother and i search for tiny, tiny flowers in the deep grass he yellow i white he blue i violet he runs merrily jumping over ditches i try to catch up with him falling rising squeezing white violet flowers tight in my hand close closer closer and closer rushing to make someone happy to be closer to make her happy our young mother in the photo her lips faintly curved in a smile her sad eyes between the pages of a book i will never read again
roofless house 屋根のない家
wafting through the mist 霧の中に漂っている
a woman’s song 女の歌
(Simply Haiku, Summer 2010, Vol. 8, No. 1)
Largely, through her translation efforts she has brought English language haiku poetry, articles and books to Balkan readers and vice versa, Važić is the editor (as well as translator and webmaster) of the bilingual Haiku Reality (http://haikureality.webs.com/indexeng.htm) she started in 2004.
She is the author of an e-book of haiku poetry entitled muddy shoes candy heart, edited by Anita Virgil and published by Peaks Press, USA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
She has translated 25 books of haiku poetry by Serbian and some foreign authors (into English), as well as David G Lanoue’s novels Haiku Guy and Laughing Buddha into Serbian.
Apart from haiku, Važić also writes tanka, haibun and collaborative rengay.
She also creates haiga, some of which have been published at the World Haiku Association’s website, Kuniharu Shimizu’s website See Haiga Here, Haiku Canada Review, as well as in the Contemporary Haibun published by the Red Moon Press, USA.
Her many longer poems and short stories as well as literary articles and book reviews have also been published in a number of journals, in her country and abroad.
Haiku Reality/stvarnost (About the website)
The idea to create the HAIKU REALITY has been gradually maturing with my better and deeper acquaintance with the haiku world, the world of poetry and those who create it. Finding beauty and secret in it as well as inefficient efforts of those who whole-heartedly want to belong to it, it appears to me both useful and nice to emphasize the beauty and to point to the inefficient in one place through word of all those who want to and can convey it.
The HAIKU REALITY belongs to the whole world and everyone is welcome to come and build it, cherish it and enrich it – some with a haiku verse, some with a text, some with an image…
Hoping that the HAIKU REALITY will grow into a wonderful garden through which everybody would like to take a walk, relax, be inspired by colors and scents and find his or her own flower, all haiku authors are invited to come, see it, and give it their own gift.
All contributions which satisfy the criteria of instructiveness, originality and aesthetic appeal will find their place in the garden of the HAIKU REALITY.
You are welcome to send your contributions to email@example.com stating the subject (Essays, Criticisms, Analyses…; Book Reviews; Haiku Gallery; Haiku), personal data and a photograph (with your contributions for Essays, Criticisms, Analyses…) and a scanned book front page (Book Reviews). Send up to six unpublished haiku. All other works can be either published or not. If already published, please state the place and date of first publication.
If your work already exists in English and Serbian (or Croatian) please send in both languages.
Comments and suggestions can be sent to the same address.
Your contributions are always welcome, and the HAIKU REALITY will be supplemented depending on the number of works received and their quality.
I sincerely hope that you will have a good time in Saša Važić’s Haiku World, staying and absorbed in the beauties and wonders of her poetry world.
The next posting ‘Haiku by Students at High School (角館高校) in Akita, Northern Japan (Part 1) ‘ appears on March 12.
I am sorry that this article was not posted in the website on March 12, for we had the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11. It will appear when a series of ‘Haiku about the Great East Japan Earthquake’ , which begins on April 30, have finished.
― Hidenori Hiruta