Zane Parks was born in Miami in 1946. His family moved often during his childhood since his father was in the Navy. Zane says, "I came of age in the sixties and there's still a bit of the flower child in me." He taught philosophy for a time, but shifted to computer programming in the late seventies. He lives with his wife, Bridget, in the bay area east of San Francisco.
Mr. Parks explains that he came to poetry late in life and began writing out of anguish during extended periods of separation from his wife. He jokes, "while the world will no doubt rue the loss of another love-sick poet, I no longer much write in that vein."
He now writes Haiku, Tanka, and Renga and says that although he has a "somewhat skewed approach to these forms," his work has been well received in the haiku community. He has published in most US and Canadian haiku magazines, as well as a some overseas. Some of these include: Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Raw Nervz, Lynx, Mayfly, and Woodnotes.
Samples of Zane's work follows. You can learn more about Mr. Parks and read more of his poetry by following the link to his web site at the end of this document.
love beads softly click . . . withered flower child crossing haight -- from Modern Haiku her blue-veined hand gnarled with age and more softly taps the beat amazing grace -- from Lynx all thought of going stayed by her hand lightly laid upon my thigh -- from Modern Haiku anniversary dinner-- aging most gracefully the wine -- from Parnassus Literary Journal Copyright © Zane Parks