A Haiku Collection

Haiku, a popular Japanese poetic genre, has interested writers of many cultures and languages. Its brevity and the use of conventions such as the kigo or seasonal word have proved to be an effective medium of personal expression. In A Haiku Collection, the author shares the experience of using this simple yet highly expressive form to reflect on the inevitable chances and changes in life.

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About Brian Avey

I was born in Burley, Idaho, and began playing the piano at the age of 4 years. After the family moved to San Diego, I continued to study music, and gave recitals, was soloist with community symphony orchestras, and toured Europe with the San Diego Youth Symphony.

I attended SDSU, where I studied piano, viola and world music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 1981. Following graduation, I worked for a software company, and eventually became a V.P. of Linguistics in charge of research and development of machine translation.

After almost 20 years in the software industry, I switched careers and worked as a church musician, directing choirs, playing organ and piano, and teaching music. My most recent work is at St Patrick Church in Carlsbad, CA.

I traveled to several countries, including Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Japan and Taiwan. I continue to be interested in languages, world cultures, music, art and literature. Languages that I speak or am quite familiar with include Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

Presently, I reside in San Diego, CA.

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