H. Gene Murtha
Harold Eugene (Gene) Hand, in Philadelphia, Pa. October 19, 1955,
until myself and my four siblings were kidnapped by our father
and placed in foster homes, between 1960 and 1962. Our mother
didn't know where we were until our youngest sister Joann died,
and she was contacted. Shortly thereafter, we were reunited.
My stepfather and 2 half sisters still live in Philadelphia.
My sister Mary is a minister in Ohio, and my brother Jack lives
with his family in New Jersey.
I reside in the pine lands of southern New Jersey with my wife
Linda, and sons, Derek (pictured to the right), and Michael.
In the early 70's I was a model, and male dancer, but today I
am a Naturalist and Environmentalist, and my primary interest
is the preservation of the New Jersey wetlands, and specifically
the prothonotary warbler, that migrates to the USA.
been writing off and on for 35 years, and first discovered haiku,
and/or haiku like poems in the works of Carl Sandburg, and Wm.
Carlos Williams, and in many of the beat poets, including:
Kerouac, Snyder, and Ginsberg. I've only attempted to write haiku
myself since late 1999, and begin seriously applying myself to
the form in 2002. I am a performance and free verse poet,
and the struggle of crossing over to haiku and/or related Japanese
forms has been difficult.
A special thanks to Mr. Serge Tome, who gave me the confidence
and encouragement to submit my work for publication. Work has
now been published in Japan, Australia, and the United States.
Society of America
Pennsylvania Poet Society
Mad Poets Society
Nick Virgilio Haiku Society