Remembering Bill (William J.) Higginson

Tomorrow, October 11th, is the fifth anniversary of Bill’s (William J. Higginson) death. It doesn’t seem possible that five years have gone by already since we lost him. He was a very special man—one of a kind—and I and our family, as well as his / our personal and worldwide haiku friends, will always miss him very much. However, love doesn’t die when our dear ones die. They continue to love us and watch over us, and we continue to love them—though of course it’s not the same as having them with us in person. But with God’s help, and time, we are able to move on in our lives.

I am blessed with having been able to do so. Among other things, I am giving back in thanks for the support I received from leaders and fellow grievers in H.O.P.E., a grief support group / curriculum specifically for widows and widowers, with a number of chapters in South Jersey. Two years ago I became a “Group Leader” (assistant) and this summer accepted the responsibility of becoming a “Chapter Coordinator” (leader). It is a unique and rewarding kind of personal ministry to be able to help others through this hard journey. And of course, I wrote my way through grief, both in my chapbook Recycling Starlight and my e-chapbook One Bowl. This writing has really helped me heal!

I also continue my own work as a writer, and honor Bill by continuing our work in the haiku community. (As some fellow writers know, I’ve become enchanted by haibun :)). I have been able to make a new and fruitful life for myself, and I am blessed. Amazing Grace!

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About penhart

I am a poet and writer, published widely in journals and anthologies, and my literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in "Contemporary Authors." My poems have recently appeared in "Rattle" ,"Tiferet," and "U.S. 1 Worksheets". Work has also appeared in "The Valparaiso Poetry Review," and "Umbrella." Recent books include 'One Bowl" (2012); "Recycling Starlight" (2010); and "The Night Marsh" (2008).. Earlier collections include "Along River Road"; "Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth"; and "Buried in the Sky." My illustrated alphabestiary for children, "The Beastie Book," was published in the December, 2009, by Shenanigan Books. I have won three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for my work in the anthology "American Nature Writing 2002." I was invited to be a "featured poet" and read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, and was awarded a residency / fellowship for January, 2011, at VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts." I live in the South Jersey shore area, and work as a visiting poet in the schools through programs sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and various other agencies. I'm still fairly new at blogging and hope to add more graphics, etc., as I learn more.
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2 Responses to Remembering Bill (William J.) Higginson

  1. jama says:

    Hugs to you on this bittersweet day, Penny. It is nice to hear how you are continuing to honor Bill’s memory through your work as a poet and a Chapter Coordinator.

  2. Penny Harter says:

    Thank you, Jama, and bless you for your caring comment. xxx Penny

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