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H. Gene Murtha English
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Born:  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. 


Presently 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.

I've 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.



Haiku Society of America
Pennsylvania Poet Society
Mad Poets Society
Nick Virgilio Haiku Society



Gettysburg --
the children pause
to watch a dove
starry night --
reeds bow
in a loon's wake

spring mist --
a mallard paddles
through our stillborn's ashes

caught in a dew drop --
the empty swing
July 4th --
small talk over beer
with a redcoat
forty-six years
writing my name
yellow in snow

Author: H. Gene Murtha
Editor: Michael Rehling


"Gettysburg": "The Heron's Nest" vol. 4 #10, and Mad Poets Review 2002
"starry night": "Treetops, November 2002", and Mad Poets Review 2002
"spring mist" "The Heron's Nest" vol. 4 #10 & Fourth annual Valentines Awards issue, and Mad Poets Review 2002
"dawn": "The Heron's Nest" vol. 5 #2
"July 4th": "The Heron's Nest" vol. 5 #4
"forty six years": seen in 'Free Times'


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