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haiga reflections of humanity

I have been intrigued by three forms of image-word integration. The first being Grooks, the creation of Piet Hein, a Danish scientist, poet and artist. Grooks 

combine a sketch and short poem to form an aphoristic
unit. Second, the work of Geoff Butler, a Canadian artist from Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia, who also combines poetry and prose with his paintings to create what he describes as, “allegories in painting and verse.”  The third form is haiga, its historical and contemporary expressions. In haiga, combining a visual image with haiku, senryu or tanka, creates a unique entity. Motivated by these inspirations, I too use images and words seeking to create a mix of allegorical and aphoristic elements.

My haiga, and poetry have been published in Cattails, frogpond, Contemporary Haibun Online, Prune Juice, Ribbons, Peninsula Poets, Bones, The Sciku Project, Haigaonline, and DailyHaiga. 

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We experience awe in our relationships with nature, but we also experience wonder and awe from art, music, religion and for some of us, mathematics, and science. I am in awe of how mathematical language allows us to understand and explain this world we inhabit. In this book I take a look, using haiku, limericks, verse and images, at some everyday things from a tongue-in-check quasi mathematical point of view. This somewhat strange perspective will give you a bit of insight as to the wonder and awe I feel as I navigate this world and universe we all call home.


Universal and Accessible Design for Products, Services, and Processes

New laws, global competition, technological advances, and evolving societal values toward disability all demand the integration of universal and accessible design principles into the general practice of the design community. This growing international movement forces competitors to expand their traditional concepts of design and adopt these principles as a core component of design and essential to success in today’s global market.

Supplying definitions, theory, and applications, Universal and Accessible Design for Products, Services, and Processes allows professional designers, educators, and students to implement these principles and understand how their application fits a broader societal and competitive design environment.

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