On My Mind

On My Mind

Anita Virgil, interviewed by vincent tripi

Garry Gay, introduction

An interview with Anita Virgil, past president of the Haiku Society of America, by vincent tripi on the art and craft of haiku poetry. Introduced by Garry Gay. Winner of a 1990 Merit Book Award honorable mention (for books published in 1989) from the Haiku Society of America. The first book published by Press Here. +


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1989 (third printing, 1993), saddle-stapled, 28 pages, 5½ x 8½ inches, ISBN 978-1-878798-00-6


  • “The feeling of being in the same room with these two poets prevails from the very first word. Vincent asks just the right questions and leads us on an odyssey. Anitas sincere answers both educate and stimulate our curiosity about the evolution writers go through in forming their own special philosophies.” —from the introduction by Garry Gay

  • “Art is a selfish mistress. . . . But, if you can apportion her some time in which to bloom, if you can afford this luxury, the results of life lived with eyes open to the world about you will show in the work you produce.” —Anita Virgil, in answer to the interview’s final question

  • See a PDF version of the interview from On My Mind on the authors website.

  • See the Global Haiku Traditions reader response essay

The first edition of this book was published in 1989. The third edition, with a new cover design and different paper choices, was published in 1993, with the new design matching a companion book, Raking Sand, vincent tripi’s interview with Virginia Brady Young.